Desperate Definition

Marked by, arising from, or showing despair.
The desperate look of hunger; a desperate cry for help.
American Heritage
Driven to or resulting from loss of hope; rash or violent because of despair.
A desperate criminal.
Webster's New World
Despairing; without hope.
Webster's New World
Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious.
A desperate illness.
Webster's New World
Having a very great desire, need, etc.
Desperate for affection.
Webster's New World

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

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