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Definition of DESPERATE

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Desperate \Des"per*ate\, n.
     One desperate or hopeless. [Obs.]
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Desperate \Des"per*ate\, a. [L. desperatus, p. p. of desperare. See {Despair}, and cf. {Desperado}.]
     1. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              I am desperate of obtaining her.      --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune. [1913 Webster]

     3. Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort. "Desperate expedients." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     4. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; -- used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality. [1913 Webster]

              A desperate offendress against nature. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The most desperate of reprobates.     --Macaulay.

     Syn: Hopeless; despairing; desponding; rash; headlong; precipitate; irretrievable; irrecoverable; forlorn; mad; furious; frantic. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

111 Moby Thesaurus words for "desperate": Dionysiac, accident-prone, aching for, acute, affording no hope, amok, apathetic, atrocious, bacchic, baffled, balked, berserk, bleak, breakneck, careless, cheerless, climacteric, comfortless, compelling, concentrated, corybantic, craving, critical, crucial, crying, dangerous, desirous of, despairing, despondent, desponding, devil-may-care, dire, disconsolate, dismal, exquisite, fierce, foiled, foolhardy, forlorn, frantic, frenetic, frenzied, frustrated, furious, grave, great, grim, hard pressed, hard up, harum-scarum, hasty, hazardous, headlong, heinous, hopeless, hotheaded, hurried, impetuous, in despair, in desperate straits, in extremis, in extremities, like one possessed, mad, madding, maenadic, maniac, maniacal, monstrous, overeager, overenthusiastic, overzealous, panic-stricken, perilous, pinched, precarious, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous, pressing, rabid, raging, ranting, rash, raving, raving mad, reckless, running wild, scandalous, serious, shocking, slap-bang, slapdash, sorely pressed, stark-raving mad, straitened, tenuous, terrible, thwarted, uncontrollable, unhopeful, up against it, urgent, vehement, venturesome, vicious, violent, wanton, wild, without hope, wretched


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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