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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desperate  \Des"per*ate\,  n. 
  One  desperate  or  hopeless.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desperate  \Des"per*ate\,  a.  [L.  desperatus  p.  p.  of  desperare. 
  See  {Despair},  and  cf  {Desperado}.] 
  1.  Without  hope;  given  to  despair;  hopeless.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  am  desperate  of  obtaining  her  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Beyond  hope;  causing  despair;  extremely  perilous; 
  irretrievable;  past  cure,  or  at  least,  extremely 
  dangerous;  as  a  desperate  disease;  desperate  fortune. 
 
  3.  Proceeding  from  or  suggested  by  despair;  without  regard 
  to  danger  or  safety;  reckless;  furious;  as  a  desperate 
  effort.  ``Desperate  expedients.''  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  Extreme,  in  a  bad  sense  outrageous;  --  used  to  mark  the 
  extreme  predominance  of  a  bad  quality. 
 
  A  desperate  offendress  against  nature.  --Shak. 
 
  The  most  desperate  of  reprobates.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  Hopeless;  despairing;  desponding;  rash;  headlong; 
  precipitate;  irretrievable;  irrecoverable;  forlorn;  mad; 
  furious;  frantic. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  desperate 
  adj  1:  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" 
  [syn:  {despairing}] 
  2:  desperately  determined;  "do-or-die  revolutionaries";  "a 
  do-or-die  conflict"  [syn:  {do-or-die(a)}] 
  3:  (of  persons)  dangerously  reckless  or  violent  as  from  urgency 
  or  despair;  "a  desperate  criminal";  "taken  hostage  of 
  desperate  men" 
  4:  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"  [syn:  {heroic}] 
  5:  showing  extreme  urgency  or  intensity  especially  because  of 
  great  need  or  desire;  "felt  a  desperate  urge  to  confess"; 
  "a  desperate  need  for  recognition" 
  6:  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"  [syn:  {dire}] 
  n  :  a  person  who  is  frightened  and  in  need  of  help;  "they  prey 
  on  the  hopes  of  the  desperate" 




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