desperate
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdɛsp(ə)ɹət/
Adjective

desperate

  1. In dire need of something.
    I hadn't eaten in two days and was desperate for food.
  2. Being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.
    • c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      Since his exile she hath despised me most, / Forsworn my company and rail'd at me, / That I am desperate of obtaining her.
    I was so desperate at one point, I even went to see a loan shark.
  3. Without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious.
    • 1879, {w, “GOLDSMITH, Oliver”, in The Encyclopædia Britannica […] , Volume X, Ninth edition, Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, page 761 ↗, column 2:
      Thomas Babington Macaulay}
    a desperate effort
  4. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable.
    a desperate disease;  desperate fortune
  5. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous.
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      a desperate offendress against nature
    • 1876, {w, “BUNYAN, John”, in The Encyclopædia Britannica […] , Volume IV, Ninth edition, Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, page 526 ↗, column 2:
      Thomas Babington Macaulay}
  6. Extremely intense.
Noun

desperate (plural desperates)

  1. A person in desperate circumstances or who is at the point of desperation, such as a down-and-outer, addict, etc.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: desesperado
  • Russian: безрассу́дный



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