Adjective Definition


1.Definition: (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

"A desperate criminal", "Taken hostage of desperate men"

2.Definition: arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

"A desperate cry for help", "Helpless and desperate--as if at the end of his tether", "Her desperate screams"

Related Adjective(s):despairing

3.Definition: desperately determined

4.Definition: fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

"A desperate illness", "On all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"

Related Adjective(s):dire

5.Definition: 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"

Related Adjective(s):heroic

6.Definition: showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

"Felt a desperate urge to confess", "A desperate need for recognition"

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