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  Words related to desperate

Related / Similar Words: heroic, dire, despairing, do-or-die(a)

 

Definition:
  • a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate";
  • 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;
  • 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";
  • 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;
  • desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict";
  • (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men";

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    Hyponyms: goner, toast

     

    Derivational Morphology: despair

     

    Anagrams: paederast, spattered, separated

     

     
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