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Definitions of desperate

  1. arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope; " a despairing view of the world situation"; " the last despairing plea of the condemned criminal"; " a desperate cry for help"; " helpless and desperate-- as if at the end of his tether"; " her desperate screams"
  2. ( of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; " a desperate criminal"; " taken hostage of desperate men"
  3. a person who is frightened and in need of help; " they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
  4. showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort; " made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber"; " the desperate gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point in the Pacific war"- G. C. Marshall; " they took heroic measures to save his life"
  5. fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; " a desperate illness"; " on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G. C. Marshall; " a dire emergency"
  6. showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; " felt a desperate urge to confess"; " a desperate need for recognition"
  7. desperately determined; " do- or- die revolutionaries"; " a do- or- die conflict"
  8. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.
  9. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.
  10. Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort.
  11. One desperate or hopeless.
  12. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; - used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality.
  13. Reckless from rage or despair; furious; frantic; beyond hope or cure.
  14. Desperately.
  15. Desperateness.
  16. In a state of despair: hopeless: beyond hope: fearless of danger: rash: furious.
  17. Hopeless; reckless; furious.
  18. Without care for danger; reckless, as from despair.
  19. Resorted to in extremity; hazardous; furious.
  20. Regarded as hopeless; despaired of.
  21. Fearless of danger; furious; without hope; hopeless; lost or almost lost; beyond hope of recovery; done in despair; great in the extreme. See Despair.
  22. Fearless of danger; without hope; reekless; beyond hope of recovery; irretrievable; without care of safety; furious.
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Usage examples for desperate

  1. I suppose it was only Lisa's desperate need that drew us to her at first. – Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  2. I dare say he was desperate – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  3. Ralph, my dear boy, there is some mistake here; she cannot be so desperate – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  4. The case for Winnington seemed indeed for the moment desperate – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. Don't you let yourself be persuaded into anything so desperate Tommy. – Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
  6. He had made a desperate fight for it, and had shot down quite a number. – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  7. Their position seemed desperate – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham
  8. Something desperate must be done and done at once. – My Lady of the Chimney Corner by Alexander Irvine
  9. I mean the situation isn't after all quite so desperate or quite so simple. – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  10. What a desperate game! – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  11. He took a turn or two up and down the room and then stopped before Thorpe, in whose eyes there was a new and desperate anxiety, born of alarm. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  12. The need was desperate and Kenny did his best. – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  13. He is desperate and he hasn't a penny. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  14. She must make him love her to the extent that he would have no will to carry out this desperate intent. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  15. Promise me but one thing, that you will make no fierce or desperate answer to the Duke. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  16. Now Alan grew alarmed, desperate even. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  17. Boyle is in a desperate situation and he knows it. – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  18. I admit I was gettin' desperate about then. – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  19. To this very day I have the tenderest regard for the old man with whom I had passed so many desperate hours. – The Mutineers by Charles Boardman Hawes
  20. For her sake he had fought a desperate man in the face of certain defeat. – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
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