Definition of desparate
1. desperate [ a ] arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
Examples: "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" "desperate screams"
(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)
As Hudson resumed his desperate criss-crossing of the little bay , every incident lessened the crew 's respect for him .
(Gibson Winter, The Suburban Captivity of the...)
This conformity represents a desperate attempt to stabilize a hopelessly unstable environment .
Since American life is committed above_all to productivity and a higher standard of economic life , the countervailing forces of residential and religious exclusiveness have fought a desperate , rearguard action against the expanding interdependence of the metropolis .
(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)
After the collapse of that desperate and ill-fated campaign the character of the king degenerated for a time into a futility that was not merely pitiable but often ridiculous .
(Peter Field, Rattlesnake Ridge....)
Cobb watched this with hunted eyes , his desperate hope waning by the moment .Synonyms desperate despairing Related Terms hopeless
2. desperate [ a ] desperately determined
Examples: "do-or-die revolutionaries" "a do-or-die conflict"
3. desperate [ a ] showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
Examples: "made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber" "they took heroic measures to save his life"
4. desperate [ a ] (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair
Examples: "a desperate criminal" "taken hostage of desperate men"
5. desperate [ n ] a person who is frightened and in need of help
Examples: "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)
By preying on the sick , by playing callously on the hopes of the desperate , by causing the sufferer to delay proper medical_care , these medical ghouls create pain and misery by their very activity .Synonyms desperate Related Terms unfortunate goner despair
6. desperate [ a ] showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
Examples: "felt a desperate urge to confess" "a desperate need for recognition"
7. desperate [ a ] fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
Examples: "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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