One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he screamed desperately for help’
in desperation, in despair, despairingly, in anguish, in distress
miserably, wretchedly, hopelessly, desolately
forlornly, resignedly, defeatedly, pessimistically
2‘many of them will become desperately ill’
seriously, gravely, severely, critically, acutely, dangerously, perilously, hazardously, precariously
very, extremely, awfully, terribly, tremendously, frightfully, dreadfully
archaic, humorous parlously
3‘he desperately wanted to talk to me’
urgently, pressingly, intensely, with urgency, eagerly
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