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dēspērātiō f (genitive dēspērātiōnis); third declension

  1. hopelessness, despair
  2. desperation
  3. foolhardiness


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative dēspērātiō dēspērātiōnēs
genitive dēspērātiōnis dēspērātiōnum
dative dēspērātiōnī dēspērātiōnibus
accusative dēspērātiōnem dēspērātiōnēs
ablative dēspērātiōne dēspērātiōnibus
vocative dēspērātiō dēspērātiōnēs


  • desperatio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • desperatio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • desperatio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be plunged into the depths of despair: ad (summam) desperationem pervenire, adduci (B. C. 2. 42)
    • absolute despair; a hopeless situation: desperatio rerum (omnium) (Catil. 2. 11. 25)