- The definition of desperate is something sad or hopeless, or a feeling of really wanting something or of trying really hard to make something happen.
- An example of desperate is the feeling of sadness and like you have no prospects in life.
- An example of desperate is the feeling when you really, really want a new car.
- An example of desperate is an extreme attempt you make to get into a good school.
desperate definition by Webster's New World
- driven to or resulting from loss of hope; rash or violent because of despair: a desperate criminal
- having a very great desire, need, etc.: desperate for affection
- offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious: a desperate illness
- extreme; drastic: in desperate need
- Archaic despairing; without hope
Origin: Middle English desperat ; from Classical Latin desperatus, past participle of desperare: see despair
desperate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having lost all hope; despairing.
- Marked by, arising from, or showing despair: the desperate look of hunger; a desperate cry for help.
- Reckless or violent because of despair: a desperate criminal.
- Undertaken out of extreme urgency or as a last resort: a desperate attempt to save the family business.
- Nearly hopeless; critical: a desperate illness; a desperate situation.
- Suffering or driven by great need or distress: desperate for recognition.
- Extremely intense: felt a desperate urge to tell the truth.
Origin: Middle English desperat, from Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērāre, to despair; see despair.
- desˈper·ate·ly adverb
- desˈper·ate·ness noun