Definitions of desperate

  1.   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"
  2.   Desperateness.
  3.   Fearless of danger; without hope; reekless; beyond hope of recovery; irretrievable; without care of safety; furious.
  4.   Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; - used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality.
  5.   Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.
  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.   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"
  8.   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"
  9.   Fearless of danger; furious; without hope; hopeless; lost or almost lost; beyond hope of recovery; done in despair; great in the extreme. See Despair.
  10.   desperately determined; " do- or- die revolutionaries"; " a do- or- die conflict"
  11.   Reckless from rage or despair; furious; frantic; beyond hope or cure.
  12.   One desperate or hopeless.
  13.   Without care for danger; reckless, as from despair.
  14.   Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort.
  15.   Regarded as hopeless; despaired of.
  16.   ( of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; " a desperate criminal"; " taken hostage of desperate men"
  17.   Desperately.
  18.   a person who is frightened and in need of help; " they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
  19.   Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.
  20.   Hopeless; reckless; furious.
  21.   Resorted to in extremity; hazardous; furious.
  22.   In a state of despair: hopeless: beyond hope: fearless of danger: rash: 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. He is desperate and he hasn't a penny. ” – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  2. What a desperate game! ” – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  3. “ I dare say he was desperate – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  4. “ 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
  5. The need was desperate and Kenny did his best. ” – Kenny by Leona Dalrymple
  6. Something desperate must be done and done at once. ” – My Lady of the Chimney Corner by Alexander Irvine
  7. “ Boyle is in a desperate situation and he knows it. ” – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  8. “ I mean the situation isn't after all quite so desperate or quite so simple. ” – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  9. The case for Winnington seemed indeed for the moment desperate – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. He had made a desperate fight for it, and had shot down quite a number. ” – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  14. Don't you let yourself be persuaded into anything so desperate Tommy. ” – Back To Billabong by Mary Grant Bruce
  15. Ralph, my dear boy, there is some mistake here; she cannot be so desperate – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  16. “ I suppose it was only Lisa's desperate need that drew us to her at first. ” – Marm Lisa by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  17. “ For her sake he had fought a desperate man in the face of certain defeat. ” – The Sherrods by George Barr McCutcheon
  18. “ I admit I was gettin' desperate about then. ” – The House of Torchy by Sewell Ford
  19. Now Alan grew alarmed, desperate even. ” – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  20. Their position seemed desperate – The Northern Iron 1907 by George A. Birmingham

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