Desperate meaning

dĕspər-ĭt
Suffering or driven by great need or distress.

Desperate for recognition.

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Despairing; without hope.
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Nearly hopeless; critical.

A desperate illness; a desperate situation.

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Undertaken out of extreme urgency or as a last resort.

A desperate attempt to save the family business.

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Extreme; drastic.

In desperate need.

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Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable.

A desperate disease; desperate fortune.

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Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous.
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Extremely intense.
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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.

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Having lost all hope; despairing.
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Marked by, arising from, or showing despair.

The desperate look of hunger; a desperate cry for help.

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Reckless or violent because of despair.

A desperate criminal.

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Extremely intense.

Felt a desperate urge to tell the truth.

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Being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.

I was so desperate at one point, I even went to see a loan shark.

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Without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious.

A desperate effort.

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Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious.

A desperate illness.

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Origin of desperate

  • Middle English desperat from Latin dēspērātus past participle of dēspērāre to despair despair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērō (“to be without hope”)

    From Wiktionary