des·per·ate /ˈdɛsp(ə)rət, pɚ/
1. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless. [Obs.]
I am desperate of obtaining her. --Shak.
2. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.
3. Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort. “Desperate expedients.”
4. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; -- used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality.
A desperate offendress against nature. --Shak.
The most desperate of reprobates. --Macaulay.
Syn: -- Hopeless; despairing; desponding; rash; headlong; precipitate; irretrievable; irrecoverable; forlorn; mad; furious; frantic.
Des·per·ate, n. One desperate or hopeless. [Obs.]
adj 1: 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"
2: desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a
do-or-die conflict" [syn: do-or-die(a)]
3: (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency
or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of
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"- G.C.Marshall; "they took heroic
measures to save his life" [syn: 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"- G.C.Marshall; "a dire
emergency" [syn: dire]
n : a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey
on the hopes of the desperate"