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Synonyms for desperateˈdɛs pər ɪt, -prɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desperate(adj)

    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, desperate(adj)

    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), desperate, despairing, dire

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

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

    desperately determined

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

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

  4. desperate(adj)

    (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, heroic(adj)

    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, desperate, despairing, expansive, grand

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

  6. desperate(adj)

    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, dire(adj)

    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, desperate, awful, frightening, despairing, direful, dreadful

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. desperate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    despairing, hopeless, without hope

  2. desperate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    wretched, forlorn, beyond hope

  3. desperate(a.)

    Synonyms:
    rash, reckless, precipitate, headlong, frantic

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List of paraphrases:

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


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