What does desperate mean?

Definitions for desperate
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

How to pronounce desperate?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Dave Campanelli:

    I think it will garner significant interest because people are desperate for something( in sports).

  2. Rob Manwaring:

    Liberal Democrat's an obscure figure with a very low support base, who is up for reelection and this is desperate attention-seeking on Liberal Democrat part to remind, particularly a core of, Liberal Democrat minority supporters, who Liberal Democrat is.

  3. Nathan Gill:

    Until the message is made abundantly clear that illegal economic migrants will not be processed, that boats will be turned back, thousands and thousands more sad and desperate lives will be lost in vain, all for your feelings of virtue, you’re not really helping people.

  4. Eric Wagner:

    Over all the wind, waves,and engines, we thought we heard a desperate scream, exhausted and near the end, the boy told me he called out for Gods help. Then we showed up.

  5. Matt Langston:

    Susan's opponents are desperate and resorting to disgusting gutter politics because they know she's the frontrunner, i'm looking forward to someone going to jail over these robocalls, but that's a Sunday problem. On Saturday, we win.

Images & Illustrations of desperate

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