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des·per·ate

 (dĕs′pər-ĭt)
adj.
1. Having lost all hope; despairing.
2. Marked by, arising from, or showing despair: the desperate look of hunger; a desperate cry for help.
3. Reckless or violent because of despair: a desperate criminal.
4. Undertaken out of extreme urgency or as a last resort: a desperate attempt to save the family business.
5. Nearly hopeless; critical: a desperate illness; a desperate situation.
6. Suffering or driven by great need or distress: desperate for recognition.
7. Extremely intense: felt a desperate urge to tell the truth.

[Middle English desperat, from Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērāre, to despair; see despair.]

des′per·ate·ly adv.
des′per·ate·ness n.

desperate

(ˈdɛspərɪt; -prɪt)
adj
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 resort: desperate measures.
4. critical; very grave: in desperate need.
5. (Psychology) (often: postpositive and foll by for) in distress and having a great need or desire
6. (Psychology) moved by or showing despair or hopelessness; despairing
[C15: from Latin dēspērāre to have no hope; see despair]
ˈdesperately adv
ˈdesperateness n

des•per•ate

(ˈdɛs pər ɪt, -prɪt)

adj.
1. reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer.
2. having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention.
3. very serious or dangerous: a desperate situation.
4. giving all: a desperate attempt.
5. extreme or excessive: desperate haste.
6. undertaken out of despair or as a last resort.
7. having no hope; giving in to despair.
8. extremely bad; shocking.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērāre to despair]
des′per•ate•ly, adv.
des′per•ate•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desperate - a person who is frightened and in need of helpdesperate - a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
goner, toast - a person in desperate straits; someone doomed; "I'm a goner if this plan doesn't work"; "one mistake and you're toast"
Adj.1.desperate - 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"
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"
2.desperate - desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"
resolute - firm in purpose or belief; characterized by firmness and determination; "stood resolute against the enemy"; "faced with a resolute opposition"; "a resolute and unshakeable faith"
3.desperate - (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"
dangerous, unsafe - involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm; "a dangerous criminal"; "a dangerous bridge"; "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"
4.desperate - 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"
brave, courageous - possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; "Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver but less daring"- Herman Melville; "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain"- William Wordsworth; "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"
5.desperate - showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
6.desperate - 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"
critical - being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage"

desperate

adjective
2. eager, longing, keen, raring, hungry, enthusiastic, yearning, impatient, up for it (informal), keen as mustard She was desperate to start a family.
3. grave, great, pressing, serious, critical, acute, severe, extreme, urgent, dire, drastic, very grave Troops are needed to get food to people in desperate need.
4. last-ditch, dangerous, daring, determined, wild, violent, furious, last-minute, risky, frantic, rash, hazardous, precipitate, last-resort, hasty, audacious, madcap, foolhardy, eleventh-hour, headstrong, impetuous, death-defying a desperate rescue attempt

desperate

adjective
1. Having lost all hope:
2. So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:
3. Extreme in degree, strength, or effect:
Translations
فاقِد الأمَل، يائِسماسٌّ، مُسْتَعْجَلمُسْتَميت، مُتَهَوِّريَائِس
zoufalýbeznadějnývšeho schopný
desperatfortvivlethåbløs
epätoivoinen
očajan
öròrifa-öròrifa-, sem svífst einskisörvæntingarfullur
必死の
절망적인
desperacijadesperatiškaiiš neviltieslabai užsispyręsnevilties kupinas
bezcerīgsbriesmīgsizmisīgsneprātīgsšausmīgs
odhodlaný
obupanobupenželjan
desperat
ซึ่งสิ้นหวัง
acilçok kötügözü dönmüşher şeyi göze almışivedi
liều lĩnh

desperate

[ˈdespərɪt] ADJ
1. [person, act, attempt, situation] → desesperado
to feel desperateestar desesperado
to be desperate for sthnecesitar algo urgentemente
I'm desperate (for the lavatory)!me muero de ganas de ir al lavabo
to get or grow desperatedesesperarse
to resort to desperate measuresrecurrir a medidas desesperadas, recurrir a fruto de la de desesperación
you're going out with her? you must be desperate! (hum) → ¿sales con ésa? ¡muy desesperado debes estar!
to be in desperate need of sthnecesitar algo urgentemente
the company's desperate financial positionla crítica posición económica de la empresa
to do something desperatecometer un acto desesperado, cometer una locura, hacer algo a la desesperada
to be desperate to do sth: I was desperate to see herestaba desesperada por verla, quería verla a toda costa, me moría por verla
she was desperate to find a new jobestaba desesperada por encontrar otro trabajo
both countries are desperate to avoid warambos países quieren evitar la guerra a toda costa
2. (= very bad) [book, film, meal] → atroz, pésimo
the play was pretty desperatela obra era atroz or pésima

desperate

[ˈdɛspərət] adj
[person] → désespéré(e)
to be desperate with sth [+ anxiety, worry] → être rongé(e) par qch
to get desperate → commencer à désespérer
I was getting desperate → Je commençais à désespérer.
to be desperate for sth → avoir désespérément besoin de qch
to be desperate to do sth → ne chercher qu'à faire qch
to be desperate for sb to do sth → vouloir à tout prix que qn fasse qch
[fugitive, criminal] → prêt(e) à tout
[situation] → désespéré(e); [attempt, effort] → désespéré(e)
a desperate situation → une situation désespérée
[measures] → désespéré(e), extrême

desperate

adj
verzweifelt; criminalzum Äußersten entschlossen; measure, situationverzweifelt, extrem; solutionextrem; don’t do anything desperate!mach keine Dummheiten!; to get or grow desperateverzweifeln, in Verzweiflung geraten; I haven’t had a cigarette for hours, I’m getting desperate (inf)ich habe schon seit Stunden keine mehr geraucht, jetzt brauche ich aber dringend eine; things are desperatedie Lage ist extrem; the company’s desperate financial positiondie extrem gespannte Finanzlage der Firma; the desperate plight of the refugeesdie schreckliche Not der Flüchtlinge; to be desperate to do somethingetw unbedingt tun wollen; to be desperate for somebody to do somethingunbedingt wollen, dass jd etw tut; to be desperate for somethingetw unbedingt or dringend brauchen
(= urgent) need, shortagedringend; her desperate need to be likedihr verzweifeltes Bedürfnis, gemocht zu werden; to be in desperate need of somethingetw dringend brauchen; a building in desperate need of repairein Gebäude, das dringend repariert werden muss
(inf hum) are you going out with Jane? you must be desperate!du gehst mit Jane aus? dir muss es ja wirklich schlecht gehen!; I’m not that desperate!so schlimm ist es auch wieder nicht!

desperate

[ˈdɛsprɪt] adj (gen) → disperato/a; (criminal) → capace di tutto; (measures) → estremo/a
we are getting desperate → siamo sull'orlo della disperazione
to be desperate to do sth → volere disperatamente fare qc
I'm desperate for money (fam) → ho un disperato bisogno di soldi

desperate

(ˈdespərət) adjective
1. (sometimes used loosely) despairingly reckless or violent. She was desperate to get into university; a desperate criminal.
2. very bad or almost hopeless. We are in a desperate situation.
3. urgent and despairing. He made a desperate appeal for help.
ˈdesperately adverb
ˌdespeˈration noun
In desperation we asked the police for help.

desperate

يَائِس zoufalý desperat verzweifelt απελπισμένος desesperado epätoivoinen désespéré očajan disperato 必死の 절망적인 wanhopig desperat zdesperowany desesperado отчаянный desperat ซึ่งสิ้นหวัง umutsuz liều lĩnh 绝望的

desperate

adj desesperado; to become — desesperarse
References in classic literature ?
Now go, dear, but don't kill yourself driving at a desperate pace.
Sometimes Fuchs could be persuaded to talk about the outlaws and desperate characters he had known.
A long, a vigorous, and, as it appeared to the females, a desperate effort, closed the struggle.
This desperate step had a happy effect, broke their line of battle, and the savages fled on all sides.
I am getting angry enough to do something desperate.
Without giving herself time for a second thought, she rushed into the shop, pale, wild, desperate in gesture and expression, scowling portentously, and looking far better qualified to do fierce battle with a housebreaker than to stand smiling behind the counter, bartering small wares for a copper recompense.
It was the recollection of those memorable words of his -- "I'll try, Sir" -- spoken on the very verge of a desperate and heroic enterprise, and breathing the soul and spirit of New England hardihood, comprehending all perils, and encountering all.
Struck by his desperate dauntlessness, and his wild desire to visit Christendom, the captain at last relented, and told him he might make himself at home.
But by desperate endeavor we at last shot into a temporary opening; then giving way rapidly, and at the same time earnestly watching for another outlet.
At once they both flew to her head; but she was a match for them, and went on plunging, rearing, and kicking in a most desperate manner.
Sam knew exactly what he meant, but he kept on a look of earnest and desperate simplicity.
Lecount's statement is to be relied on, Magdalen has carried her mad resolution of recovering her father's fortune to the last and most desperate extremity -- she has married Michael Vanstone's son under a false name.