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Adjective: desperate  de-sp(u-)rut
  1. 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";
    - despairing
  2. Desperately determined
    "desperate revolutionaries";
    - do-or-die
  3. (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair
    "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"
  4. 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";
    - heroic
  5. Showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
    "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"
  6. Fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
    "a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel";
    - dire
Noun: desperate  de-sp(u-)rut
  1. 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

Encyclopedia: Desperate