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ˈdɛs pər ɪt, -prɪtDes·per·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desperateadjective

    a person who is frightened and in need of help

    "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"

  2. despairing, desperateadjective

    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"

  3. desperate, do-or-die(a)adjective

    desperately determined

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

  4. desperateadjective

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

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

  5. desperate, heroicadjective

    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"

  6. desperateadjective

    showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

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

  7. desperate, direadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. desperateadjective

    Being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.

    I was so desperate at one point, I even went to see a loan shark.

    Etymology: From desperatus, past participle of despero

  2. desperateadjective

    Reckless abandon in the pursuit of an extreme desire.

    Etymology: From desperatus, past participle of despero

  3. desperateadjective

    Extremely intense.

    Etymology: From desperatus, past participle of despero

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desperateadjective

    without hope; given to despair; hopeless

  2. Desperateadjective

    beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune

  3. Desperateadjective

    proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort

  4. Desperateadjective

    extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; -- used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality

  5. Desperatenoun

    one desperate or hopeless

Freebase

  1. Desperate

    Desperate is a 1947 suspense film noir directed by Anthony Mann.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Desperate

    des′pėr-āt, adj. in a state of despair: hopeless: beyond hope: fearless of danger: rash: furious.—adv. Des′perately.—ns. Des′perateness, Desperā′tion, state of despair: disregard of danger: fury. [See Despair.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Desperate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3806

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Desperate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2918

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Desperate' in Adjectives Frequency: #493

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Desperate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Desperate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Desperate in a Sentence

  1. Nice Guy:

    The Democrats are desperate, they are desperate they had nothing. They have got nothing going.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Peering into reality, you see more, you see superfluous. 2. Love will disappear only greedy egoism will remain when people are born only from a test tube, and surrogate mothers. Surrogate love is replaced by lust. Love will die, only greedy lust will remain. 3. Human instincts deprive of honor and give rise to the vices of despair, and this is worse than animals. 4. Life is the nostalgia of happiness which is replaced by the amnesia of eternity. Consciousness turns into undead, merged together with the endless voids of reality. 5. Life is the rate of rotting meat, accelerates maturity or infantilism in which a desperate attempt is made to prolong happiness. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Art Hogan:

    I think the Fed is desperate to raise rates this year and I think it will happen in September. The only fly in the ointment is the inflation rate which is below what the Fed wants.

  4. Park Chang-in:

    Elderly people are so aggressive and desperate in seeking employment after losing jobs that they are willing to take low-wage jobs even at factories that young people avoid.

  5. Sheikh Sabah:

    You have foiled the desperate attempt and satanic attitudes of the plotters and perpetrators of this condemned crime to inflame divisions and stir sectarian tensions and divide the unity of the Kuwaiti society, the international community should exert all their effort to avert and take legal action to dry up [ terrorism ] from its waters so countries and nations live in peace and security.

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