Des"per*ate (?), a. [L. desperatus, p. p. of desperare. See Despair, and cf. Desperado.]


Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.


I am desperate of obtaining her. Shak.


Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.


Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort.

"Desperate expedients."



Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; -- used to mark the extreme predominance of a bad quality.

A desperate offendress against nature. Shak.

The most desperate of reprobates. Macaulay.

Syn. -- Hopeless; despairing; desponding; rash; headlong; precipitate; irretrievable; irrecoverable; forlorn; mad; furious; frantic.


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Des"per*ate, n.

One desperate or hopeless.



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