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desperate

desperate - Dictionary definition and meaning for word desperate

Definition
(noun) a person who is frightened and in need of help
Example Sentence
  • they prey on the hopes of the desperate

Definition
(adj) arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope
Synonyms : despairing
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) desperately determined
Synonyms : do-or-die
Example Sentence
  • do-or-die revolutionaries
  • a do-or-die conflict

Definition
(adj) (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair
Example Sentence
  • a desperate criminal
  • taken hostage of desperate men

Definition
(adj) showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort
Synonyms : heroic
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(adj) showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
Example Sentence
  • felt a desperate urge to confess
  • a desperate need for recognition

Definition
(adj) fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless
Synonyms : dire
Example Sentence
  • a desperate illness
  • on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel
  • a dire emergency

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for desperate

desperate(des+pe+rate)sarkar ne desh bechne per rate lagadiya uuske baad aandolan reckless and violent hogaya
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by keshavpalpali

dress+per+rate lost all hope of buying dress
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by sansecretcp

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