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

Quotes of desperate

  1. I have been desperate to escape for so many years now it is routine for me to try to escape – Jack Henry Abbott
  2. One day I think it's the greatest idea ever that I'm working on The next day I think it's the worst that I've ever worked on and I swing between that a lot Some days I'm very happy with what I'm doing and the next day I am desperate it's not working out – Eric Carle
  3. It's still about the women It's not called Desperate Plumber People are more interested in cat fights – James Denton
  4. I was desperate really for people not to accuse me of coldness It was taboo – Thomas Dolby
  5. With any child entering adolescence one hunts for signs of health is desperate for the smallest indication that the child's problems will never be important enough for a television movie – Nora Ephron
  6. It's an interesting combination Having a great fear of being alone and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience That's always been a tug of war for me – Jodie Foster
  7. If one is desperate for love I suggest looking at one's friends and family and see if love is all around If not get a new set of friends a new family – Jasmine Guy
  8. I've worked with the greatest actors and they're all gone This is what's so desperate to me – Angela Lansbury
  9. I was desperate to go back to New York and when 9/11 happened I feared moving to the bulls -eye and that was very hard because I have a lot of family there and I really had to question what I didn't like about this community – Tea Leoni
  10. When I am in the Scottish Parliament chamber I often feel the need to sit for the entire debate It's only courteous to listen to what everyone has to say although I often find myself desperate to say something but too scared to stand up in case I regret it – Margo MacDonald
  11. I love the script and I just thought it was a great role Like I say it's like this the script is like this sad funny desperate love song to the lost American man – Oliver Platt
  12. Rock 'n Roll The most brutal ugly desperate vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear – Frank Sinatra
  13. I think I'm probably a little too desperate to be successful – Howard Stern
  14. His style has the desperate jauntiness of an orchestra fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship – Edmund Wilson

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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