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Definition 1: a person who is frightened and in need of help - [noun denoting person]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they prey on the hopes of the desperate

(desperate is a kind of ...) a person who suffers misfortune

(... is a kind of desperate ) a person in desperate straits; someone doomed

"I'm a goner if this plan doesn't work" "one mistake and you're toast"

Definition 2: showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • they took heroic measures to save his life

Synonyms for desperate in the sense of this definition

(desperate is similar to ...) 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" "a frank courageous heart...triumphed over pain" "set a courageous example by leading them safely into and out of enemy-held territory"

Definition 3: fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a desperate illness
  • on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel
  • a dire emergency

Synonyms for desperate in the sense of this definition

(desperate is similar to ...) 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"

Definition 4: arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for desperate in the sense of this definition

(desperate is similar to ...) 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"

Definition 5: showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • felt a desperate urge to confess
  • a desperate need for recognition

(desperate is similar to ...) requiring attention or action

"as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative" "requests that grew more and more imperative"

Definition 6: desperately determined - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • do-or-die revolutionaries
  • a do-or-die conflict

Synonyms for desperate in the sense of this definition

(desperate is similar to ...) 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"

Definition 7: (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where desperate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a desperate criminal
  • taken hostage of desperate men

(desperate is similar to ...) involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm

"a dangerous criminal" "a dangerous bridge" "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"

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