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English adjective: desperate

1. desperate arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

SamplesA 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.
Her desperate screams.




2. desperate desperately determined

SamplesDo-or-die revolutionaries.
A do-or-die conflict.




3. desperate (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

SamplesA desperate criminal.
Taken hostage of desperate men.

Similardangerous, unsafe


4. desperate showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort

SamplesMade a last desperate attempt to reach the climber.
The desperate gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point in the Pacific war.
They took heroic measures to save his life.


Similarbrave, courageous

Antonymscowardly, fearful

5. desperate showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

SamplesFelt a desperate urge to confess.
A desperate need for recognition.


Antonymsbeseeching, imploring, pleading

6. desperate fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

SamplesA desperate illness.
On all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel.
A dire emergency.



Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial

English noun: desperate

1. desperate (person) a person who is frightened and in need of help

SamplesThey prey on the hopes of the desperate.

Broader (hypernym)unfortunate, unfortunate person

Narrower (hyponym)goner, toast

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