a person who is frightened and in need of help
"they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
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"
"do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"
(of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair
"a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"
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"
showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
"felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"
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"
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.
Reckless abandon in the pursuit of an extreme desire.
Origin: From desperatus, past participle of despero
without hope; given to despair; hopeless
beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune
proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort
extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; -- used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality
one desperate or hopeless
Desperate is a 1947 suspense film noir directed by Anthony Mann.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'desperate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3806
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Rank popularity for the word 'desperate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2918
Rank popularity for the word 'desperate' in Adjectives Frequency: #493
The numerical value of desperate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of desperate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- отчаян, безразсъденBulgarian
- desesperatCatalan, Valencian
- հուսահատ, հանդուգնArmenian
- ជាខ្លាំង, ដែលសាហាវKhmer
- 필사적 인Korean
- hopeloos, wanhopig, vertwijfeld, radeloos, desperaatDutch
- безрассудный, отчаянныйRussian
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