1 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"; "her desperate screams" [syn: despairing]
2 desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict" [syn: do-or-die(a)]
3 (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"
4 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"- G.C.Marshall; "they took heroic measures to save his life" [syn: heroic]
5 showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"
6 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" [syn: dire] n : a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
EtymologyFrom desperatus, past participle of despero
- being filled with, or in a state of despair
- Reckless abandon in the pursuit of an extreme desire.
filled with despair
- Hebrew: מיואש (miuash)
Desperate may refer to:
- Desperate (film), 1947 suspense film directed by Anthony Mann
- The Desperate Hours, a 1955 Humphrey Bogart film, and its 1990 remake, Desperate Hours
- Desperate Living, 1977 film by Baltimore, Maryland, United States filmmaker John Waters starring Liz Renay
- Desperate Measures, 1998 action thriller starring Michael Keaton
In other fields:
desperate in French: Desperate
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