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Dictionary definition for: Desperate

1. (n) a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"

2. (s) 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 screa

3. (s) desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries" "a do-or-die conflict"

4. (s) (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal" "taken hostage of desperate men"

5. (s) 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

6. (s) showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess" "a desperate need for recognition"

7. (s) 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"

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