Synonyms of desperate


1. desperate, unfortunate, unfortunate person

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


1. despairing, desperate, hopeless (vs. hopeful)

usage: 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"

2. desperate, do-or-die(prenominal), resolute (vs. irresolute)

usage: desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"

3. desperate, dangerous (vs. safe), unsafe

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

4. desperate, heroic, brave (vs. cowardly), courageous

usage: 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"

5. desperate, imperative (vs. beseeching)

usage: showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"

6. desperate, dire, critical (vs. noncritical)

usage: 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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Definition and meaning of desperate (Dictionary)