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ˈdɛs pər ɪt, -prɪtdes·per·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desperate(adj)

    a person who is frightened and in need of help

    "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"

  2. despairing, desperate(adj)

    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)(adj)

    desperately determined

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

  4. desperate(adj)

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

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

  5. desperate, heroic(adj)

    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. desperate(adj)

    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, dire(adj)

    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. desperate(Adjective)

    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. desperate(Adjective)

    Reckless abandon in the pursuit of an extreme desire.

    Etymology: From desperatus, past participle of despero

  3. desperate(Adjective)

    Extremely intense.

    Etymology: From desperatus, past participle of despero

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desperate(adj)

    without hope; given to despair; hopeless

  2. Desperate(adj)

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

  3. Desperate(adj)

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

  4. Desperate(adj)

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

  5. Desperate(noun)

    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. Dan Gainor:

    For desperate lefties to push forward yet another try at this totally discredited idea that Reagan was somehow senile is disgusting.

  2. Vander Plaats:

    It's showing how desperate Trump is right now, because he sees that he's probably going to lose Iowa.

  3. Horatio Nelson:

    Desperate affairs require desperate remedies.

  4. Pyon Jinil:

    Toshimitsu Shigemura, professor emeritus of Waseda University and North Korea expert, also noted the desperation to meet fishing harvest quotas has pushed fishermen to travel farther out. Kim Jong Un is seeking to make North Korea self-sufficient in food, but its sources of protein continues to fall. The rogue nation remains vulnerable to health problems caused by the lack of a varied, balanced diet. Eight skeletal remains were found in a boat, one of the earlier gruesome discoveries. (Kyodo via Reuters) Fishermen are desperate to meet annual catch goals, which are elevated to higher levels every year, Shigemura said. Pyon added: Since then, fishermen have been frantically trying to meet [annual] catch goals, but what's different this year is that they are traveling to distant waters in their fragile boats.

  5. Richard Ratcliffe:

    When I spoke to Nazanin yesterday, she was deeply upset, she is desperate that our daughter has been kept away from her mother and father now for four months.

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