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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"

    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"

    heroic, do-or-die(a), desperate, despairing, dire

    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"

    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"

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

    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"

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

    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"

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

    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"

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. desperate(a.)

    despairing, hopeless, without hope

  2. desperate(a.)

    wretched, forlorn, beyond hope

  3. desperate(a.)

    rash, reckless, precipitate, headlong, frantic

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List of paraphrases:

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

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