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  Definition of desperate
  1. a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
  2. 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
  3. 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"
  4. showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"
  5. 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 screa
  6. desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"
  7. (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"
Similar Words: heroic, dire, despairing, do-or-die(a)

 

Hyponyms: goner, toast

 

Derivational Morphology: despair

 

Anagrams: paederast, spattered, separated

 

 
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