1. [ adjective ] arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
Synonyms: despairing

"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"

Related terms: hopeless
2. [ adjective ] desperately determined
Synonyms: do-or-die

"do-or-die revolutionaries" "a do-or-die conflict"

Related terms: resolute
3. [ adjective ] showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
Synonyms: heroic

"made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber" "they took heroic measures to save his life"

Related terms: brave
4. [ adjective ] (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

"a desperate criminal" "taken hostage of desperate men"

Related terms: dangerous
5. [ noun ] a person who is frightened and in need of help

"they prey on the hopes of the desperate"

Related terms: unfortunate goner despair
6. [ adjective ] showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

"felt a desperate urge to confess" "a desperate need for recognition"

Related terms: imperative
7. [ adjective ] fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
Synonyms: dire

"a desperate illness" "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall "a dire emergency"

Related terms: critical
Similar spelling:   desperately