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Synonyms for desperate
ˈdɛs pər ɪt, -prɪtdes·per·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desperateadjective

    a person who is frightened and in need of help

    "they prey on the hopes of the desperate"

    Antonyms:
    cowardly, beseeching, imploring, fearful, hopeful, noncritical, noncrucial, pleading, irresolute, safe

  2. despairing, desperateadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    heroic, do-or-die(a), despairing, dire

    Antonyms:
    cowardly, hopeful, fearful, safe, noncrucial, beseeching, imploring, pleading, irresolute, noncritical

  3. desperate, do-or-die(a)adjective

    desperately determined

    "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-or-die conflict"

    Antonyms:
    noncrucial, fearful, imploring, beseeching, irresolute, safe, hopeful, noncritical, cowardly, pleading

  4. desperateadjective

    (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

    "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of desperate men"

    Synonyms:
    heroic, do-or-die(a), dire, despairing

    Antonyms:
    fearful, irresolute, noncrucial, safe, beseeching, pleading, noncritical, cowardly, imploring, hopeful

  5. desperate, heroicadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    heroical, dire, do-or-die(a), epic, heroic, larger-than-life, despairing, expansive, grand

    Antonyms:
    imploring, cowardly, fearful, noncritical, noncrucial, pleading, safe, beseeching, hopeful, irresolute

  6. desperateadjective

    showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

    "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a desperate need for recognition"

    Synonyms:
    heroic, do-or-die(a), dire, despairing

    Antonyms:
    hopeful, imploring, fearful, noncrucial, pleading, beseeching, safe, irresolute, cowardly, noncritical

  7. desperate, direadjective

    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"

    Synonyms:
    dread(a), fearful, dreaded, dire, terrible, do-or-die(a), horrendous, fearsome, horrific, heroic, awful, frightening, despairing, direful, dreadful

    Antonyms:
    cowardly, pleading, irresolute, noncritical, fearful, safe, imploring, hopeful, noncrucial, beseeching

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. desperateadjective

    Synonyms:
    despairing, hopeless, without hope

  2. desperateadjective

    Synonyms:
    wretched, forlorn, beyond hope

  3. desperateadjective

    Synonyms:
    rash, reckless, precipitate, headlong, frantic

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. desperateadjective

    Synonyms:
    irretrievable, hopeless, incurable, remediless, outrageous, atrocious, monstrous, heinous

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "desperate":

    hopeless, despairing, dire, frantic, distraught, bereft, despair

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How to use desperate in a sentence?

  1. Nice Guy:

    Anybody who reads the transcript understands it was a perfect phone call with the Ukrainian President, the Democrats are desperate, they are desperate they had nothing. They have got nothing going.

  2. Ali Khamenei:

    Saudi Arabia failed to fulfill its duties concerning the desperate wounded (pilgrims).

  3. Kitwana McTyer:

    This situation is tragic and is the result of the system failing our children, these children are in desperate need of care in the appropriate setting, which is a higher level of care than we provide.

  4. Keith Byers:

    Anyone who resorts to installing illegal tracking devices on the vehicles of their adversaries is either highly motivated, desperate, unstable, or completely oblivious to the consequences.

  5. Ronald-Bunch:

    Giving love may mean you are desperate to receive love.


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