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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. Park Chang-in:

    Elderly people are so aggressive and desperate in seeking employment after losing jobs that they are willing to take low-wage jobs even at factories that young people avoid.

  2. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne:

    Marriage is like a cage one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.

  3. Robert Gellman:

    People assume all their health information is covered by HIPAA and that's just not true, wellness programs are on the border. Some are and some aren't. How can a mere mortal tell? A lot of information can escape into the great American marketing machine, which is desperate to get information on a person's health.

  4. Paulina Porizkova:

    'Put on your clothes, grandma. Hungry for attention, are you? A little desperate here? You’re pathetic,' why is sexiness and nudity applauded in a woman’s youth and reviled in her maturity? Because of men.

  5. Patrick Corcoran:

    There are two schools of thought, people will be very tense and careful and nervous, or people will just be desperate to get out of the house. It's going to probably be a mixture.

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