The word desperate is overused to the point of losing its meaning and understanding, almost to the same point as the word love. People love everything from a spouse or parent at one end of the spectrum, to their favorite brand of toilet paper at the other end of the spectrum. We tend to use desperate in the same manner. “I am desperate for a coke.” or “I am desperate to go shopping.” or “I’m desperate for a vacation.” We can actually live without these things, but we think we are desperate to have them. But what does being desperate really mean.
Living in the Texas Panhandle, we are in one of the most drought ridden areas of the country. Fires are all around us. Driving down the highway you see grass fires, or the remnants of the charred grass where one has happened. A small town just lost a number of homes and structures due to a wildfire. The ground is so dry that the wind blows the dirt off of the fields to a point that it makes you stop in the middle of the highway because you can’t see in front of you. The ground is so dry it is leaving deep cracks and grooves, and causing houses to settle and crack walls. We are desperate! We are desperate for rain! This is true desperation! Yesterday was the first of about 3 or 4 days that we have the opportunity for rain. We are all praying and begging God to open the flood gates and soak our land. We are desperate!
A few of Meriam-Webster’s definitions of desperate are:
1 – having lost hope <a desperate spirit crying for relief>
2 – giving no ground for hope <the outlook was desperate>3 – moved by despair <victims made desperate by abuse>4 – suffering extreme need or anxiety <desperate for money>5 – involving extreme danger or possible disaster <a desperate situation>6 – of extreme intensity