Definition of DESPERATE

noun : DESPERATE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate" ;

Adjective : DESPERATE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 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;

  • 3. (

    ) (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men" ;

  • 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. (

    ) showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition" ;

  • 6. (

    ) 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" ;


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