1. A person who is frightened and in need of help (synset 110028189)
    "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"
  1. Arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope (synset 301232699)
    "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. Desperately determined (synset 301997589)
    "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"
  3. (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair (synset 302067030)
    "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"
  4. Showing extreme courage;
    Especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort (synset 300264329)
    "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"; "they took heroic measures to save his life"
  5. Showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire (synset 300716816)
    "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"
  6. Fraught with extreme danger;
    Nearly hopeless (synset 300654473)
    "a desperate illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate situation due to lack of materiel"; "a dire emergency"

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