|a.||1.||Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.|
|2.||Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; |
|3.||Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; |
|4.||Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; - used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality.|
|n.||1.||One desperate or hopeless.|
|Noun||1.||desperate - a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"|
|Adj.||1.||desperate - 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 - desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"|
|3.||desperate - (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"|
|4.||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.C.Marshall; "they took heroic measures to save his life"|
|5.||desperate - 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 - 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"|
DESPERATE. Of which there is no hope.
2. This term is used frequently, in making an inventory of a decedent's effects, when a debt is considered so bad that there is no hope of recovering it. It is then called a desperate debt, and, if it be so returned, it will be prima facie, considered as desperate. See Toll. Ex. 248 2 Williams, Ex. 644; 1 Chit. Pr. 580. See Sperate.