Adjective: desperate de-sp(u-)rut
Noun: desperate de-sp(u-)rut
- Arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
"a desperate cry for help"; "helpless and desperate--as if at the end of his tether"; "her desperate screams";
- Desperately determined
- (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";
- 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";
- A person who is frightened and in need of help
"they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
Derived forms: desperates
See also: brave, courageous, critical, dangerous, hopeless, imperative, resolute, unsafe
Type of: unfortunate, unfortunate person