Definition of Desperate


  • a person who is frightened and in need of help
    "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"


  • 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"
  • showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire
    "felt a desperate urge to confess"
    "a desperate need for recognition"
  • 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"
  • (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair
    "a desperate criminal"
    "taken hostage of desperate men"
  • desperately determined
    "do-or-die revolutionaries"
    "a do-or-die conflict"
    - do or die
  • 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"
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Unscramble desperate

494 unscramble word found using the letters desperate.

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