Definitions for desperate

Definitions for (noun) desperate

Main entry: desperate

Definition: a person who is frightened and in need of help

Usage: they prey on the hopes of the desperate

Definitions for (adj) desperate

Main entry: desperate, heroic

Definition: showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort

Usage: 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

Main entry: dire, desperate

Definition: fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless

Usage: a desperate illness; on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel- G.C.Marshall; a dire emergency

Main entry: desperate

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

Usage: felt a desperate urge to confess; a desperate need for recognition

Main entry: despairing, desperate

Definition: arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

Usage: 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

Main entry: do-or-die, desperate

Definition: desperately determined

Usage: do-or-die revolutionaries; a do-or-die conflict

Main entry: desperate

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

Usage: a desperate criminal; taken hostage of desperate men

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