|1.||[ adjective ] 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" "desperate screams"
|2.||[ adjective ] desperately determined|
"do-or-die revolutionaries" "a do-or-die conflict"
|3.||[ adjective ] showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort|
"made a last desperate attempt to reach the climber" "they took heroic measures to save his life"
|4.||[ adjective ] (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair|
"a desperate criminal" "taken hostage of desperate men"
|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"
|7.||[ adjective ] 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"