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Definition of desperate:

  1. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.
  2. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; - used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality.
  3. One desperate or hopeless.
  4. Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort.
  5. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.

Synonyms:

larger-than-life, acute, brave, fearful, courageous, safety, hopeless, big, vehement, climacteric, dire, horrific, unsafe, frightening, epic, grand, crucial, do-or-die, heroic, imperative, resolute, intense, dreadful, dangerous, terrible, horrendous, hope, dread, awful, direful, despairing, dreaded, violent, furious, strong, fearless, heroical, critical, expansive, fierce, fearsome.

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