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dēspērātĭo , ōnis, f. despero,
I. Prop. (good prose and very freq.).
(α). With gen.: “omnium rerum amissio et desperatio recuperandi,Cic. Fam. 4, 3, 2: “omnium rerum,id. Cat. 2, 11 fin. (opp. bona spes); Liv. 21, 1; Suet. Ner. 2 et saep.: “victoriae,Cic. Phil. 8, 5: “magna pacis,Caes. B. C. 1, 11, 3: “omnium salutis,id. ib. 1, 5, 3; Liv. 3, 2 et saep.—
II. Meton., desperate boldness, foolhardiness: “desperatio truculentae feminae, Ap. M. 10, p. 251: periculosa,Vulg. 2 Reg. 2, 26; id. Sirach, 27, 24.
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