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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 des·per·ate /ˈdɛsp(ə)rət, pɚ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Des·per·ate a.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Des·per·ate, n. One desperate or hopeless. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"
             [syn: despairing]
      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
         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"- 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"