desperate








adjective

  1. reckless or dangerous because of despair, hopelessness, or urgency: a desperate killer.
  2. having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention; desperate to find a job.
  3. leaving little or no hope; very serious or dangerous: a desperate illness.
  4. extremely bad; intolerable or shocking: clothes in desperate taste.
  5. extreme or excessive.
  6. making a final, ultimate effort; giving all: a desperate attempt to save a life.
  7. actuated by a feeling of hopelessness.
  8. having no hope; giving in to despair.

noun

  1. Obsolete. a desperado.

adjective

  1. careless of danger, as from despair; utterly reckless
  2. (of an act) reckless; risky
  3. used or undertaken in desperation or as a last resortdesperate measures
  4. critical; very gravein desperate need
  5. (often postpositive and foll by for) in distress and having a great need or desire
  6. moved by or showing despair or hopelessness; despairing
adj.

early 15c., “despairing, hopeless,” from Latin desperatus “given up, despaired of,” past participle of desperare (see despair (v.)). Sense of “driven to recklessness” is from late 15c.; weakened sense of “having a great desire for” is from 1950s. Related: Desperately.

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