desperate

  • 1 Desperate — Des per*ate, a. [L. desperatus, p. p. of desperare. See {Despair}, and cf. {Desperado}.] 1. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I am desperate of obtaining her. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Beyond hope; causing despair;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Desperate — may refer to: Despair (emotion), a feeling of hopelessness Desperate (film), a 1947 suspense film directed by Anthony Mann Desperate (Divinyls album) Desperate (Daphne Khoo album) Desperate (Daphne Khoo song) Desperate , a song by David Archuleta …

    Wikipedia

  • 3 desperate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) feeling, showing, or involving despair. 2) extremely bad or serious: a desperate shortage. 3) having a great need or desire for something: desperate for a cigarette. 4) violent or dangerous. ● desperate diseases must have desperate …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 desperate — [des′pər it] adj. [ME desperat < L desperatus, pp. of desperare: see DESPAIR] 1. a) driven to or resulting from loss of hope; rash or violent because of despair [a desperate criminal] b) having a very great desire, need, etc. [desperate for… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 desperate — [adj1] reckless, outrageous atrocious, audacious, bold, careless, dangerous, daring, death defying, determined, devilmay care, foolhardy, frantic, frenzied, furious, hasty, hazardous, headlong, headstrong, heinous, impetuous, incautious, madcap,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 Desperate — Des per*ate, n. One desperate or hopeless. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 desperate — index drastic, hot blooded, pessimistic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 desperate — early 15c., despairing, hopeless, from L. desperatus given up, despaired of, pp. of desperare (see DESPAIR (Cf. despair)). Sense of driven to recklessness is from late 15c.; weakened sense of having a great desire for is from 1950s. Related:… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 desperate — hopeless, despairing, *despondent, forlorn Analogous words: reckless, rash, foolhardy, venturesome (see AD VENTUROUS): *precipitate, headlong: thwarted, foiled, frustrated, outwitted, circumvented, baffled, balked (see FRUSTRATE) Contrasted words …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 desperate — des|per|ate W3 [ˈdespərıt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: desperatus, past participle of desperare; DESPAIR2] 1.) willing to do anything to change a very bad situation, and not caring about danger ▪ I had no money left and was desperate.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 desperate — [[t]de̱spərət[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADJ GRADED If you are desperate, you are in such a bad situation that you are willing to try anything to change it. Troops are needed to help get food into Kosovo where people are in desperate need... Desperate with… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 desperate */*/ — UK [ˈdesp(ə)rət] / US adjective 1) a) very worried and angry because you do not know how to deal with an unpleasant situation The missing man s family are getting increasingly desperate. b) [usually before noun] done because you can think of no… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 desperate — 01. She hates her job, and is [desperate] to find something else. 02. Hunger made them [desperate]. 03. The little girl had been drinking pop all afternoon and was [desperate] to find a bathroom. 04. Her suicide attempt was an act of… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 desperate — des|per|ate [ desp(ə)rət ] adjective ** 1. ) very worried and angry because you do not know how to deal with an unpleasant situation: The missing man s family is getting increasingly desperate. a ) usually before noun done because you can think… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 desperate — adjective Etymology: Latin desperatus, past participle of desperare Date: 15th century 1. a. having lost hope < a desperate spirit crying for relief > b. giving no ground for hope < the outlook was desperate > 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 desperate — desperately, adv. desperateness, n. /des peuhr it, prit/, adj. 1. reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer. 2. having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention. 3. leaving little or no hope; very serious …

    Universalium

  • 17 desperate — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become, get ▪ I was starting to get desperate …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 desperate — adjective 1) a desperate look Syn: despairing, hopeless; anguished, distressed, wretched, desolate, forlorn, distraught, fraught; out of one s mind, at one s wits end, beside oneself, at the end of one s rope/tether 2) a desperate attempt to… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 desperate — des•per•ate [[t]ˈdɛs pər ɪt, prɪt[/t]] adj. 1) reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer[/ex] 2) having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention[/ex] 3) very serious or dangerous: a desperate… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 desperate — /ˈdɛsprət / (say despruht), / pərət/ (say puhruht) adjective 1. reckless from despair; ready to run any risk: a desperate villain. 2. leaving little or no hope; very serious or dangerous; extremely bad: a desperate illness. 3. having no hope: a… …

    Australian English dictionary


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