Adjective "desperate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Feeling or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.
  1. 'She was almost choking on a desperate sense of panic that she couldn't quite explain.'
  2. 'Obviously this risks failure to treat in situations that are desperate but not hopeless.'
  3. 'Trying to live up to the impossible hype, the desperate clamour.'
  4. 'The money does not exist, in the form of money-capital, to bring these economies out of this desperate, hopeless state.'
  5. 'In contrast, private efforts offer a small start to deal with desperate poverty.'
  6. 'The school appears without life - a place where one feels a desperate sense of loss.'
  7. 'There is no sense of self-pity or desperate longing for the outside world, tempting as that must be.'
  8. 'She is reading and her eerie tranquility hides a desperate sadness.'
  9. 'Because of the growing link between education and income, the least educated are living increasingly desperate and hopeless lives.'
  10. 'And a lonely woman longs to have a reason for her sadness beyond her desperate awareness of her own worthlessness.'
  11. 'drugs used in a desperate attempt to save his life'
  12. 'In fact, it is an account of a desperate, doomed attempt to transcend meaninglessness.'
  13. 'Because of this realism, though, the final desperate act of the movie is unlikely.'
  14. 'When farming was invented 10,000 years ago, was it a desperate measure to deal with environmental crisis?'
  15. 'It is the desperate act of a person who is in deep mental anguish.'
  16. 'Try comprehending the situation that would drive someone to this sort of desperate act.'
  17. 'The post operator admitted there would be closures in a desperate bid to deal with the financial crisis gripping the company, but said they would not be on the scale that had been claimed.'
  18. 'A career woman was today in prison after swindling more than £230,000 out of her employer in a desperate attempt to save her marriage.'
  19. 'Charles took this desperate act in an attempt to reinforce his position in Germany.'
  20. 'It was the desperate act of a disgruntled former city employee who was refused his old job back.'
  21. 'We search the poems as if they are cryptic clues to some hidden meaning that might explain the desperate act.'
  22. 'I didn't think it was necessarily a bad idea in the desperate circumstances, but they eventually decided against it.'
  23. 'But the system within which those teachers are working is in desperate need of reform, in many ways, and at many levels.'
  24. 'A £2.3m injection of government cash and worldwide recruitment trawls failed to resolve the desperate shortage of staff.'
  25. 'With more than 190,000 children already malnourished, and many more at risk, the circumstances are increasingly desperate.'
  26. 'Private firms are cashing in on the desperate shortage of school teachers.'
  27. 'In London, the housing crisis is very acute, there is a desperate shortage of social housing and with house prices so unreachable for the majority, few people are able to buy.'
  28. 'In its defence, the police service would argue a history of underfunding has led to a desperate shortage of officers across the board.'
  29. 'Developers have been quick to realise the desperate shortage of quality apartments in the city centre and are keen to make the most of the opportunity.'
  30. 'The 20-year-old student was seriously ill and the situation was desperate.'
  31. 'We are now in a desperate situation and require urgent action.'
  32. 'a desperate criminal'
  33. 'The townsfolk were reluctant to pursue them, for they were ill-equipped to chase well-armed and desperate outlaws into the wild, isolated regions where the criminals knew every trail and hiding place.'
  34. 'The only person that would commit such a deed would be a desperate criminal, accustomed to a life of outlawry.'
  35. 'Now suppose there is a desperate bandit lurking in the fields and one thousand men set out in pursuit of him.'
  36. 'that beer's desperate—it's a wonder you've the nerve to offer it for sale'
  37. 'The weather was desperate - 10 degrees and savagely wet but we still loved every minute, and I think that speaks volumes for this place.'
(of a person) having a great need or desire for something.
  1. with infinitive 'other women are desperate to get back to work'
  2. 'They were desperate for somebody to do something.'
  3. 'We are desperate for people to come and help us to keep the group running.'
  4. 'I was so desperate for the object of my craving that I almost blurted out, ‘Are you going to buy that?’'
  5. 'But we are desperate for more men and women to join us.'
  6. 'As you can probably tell from the nature of my posts, I didn't really start this off with any kind of plan and now I'm pretty desperate for topics to talk about.'
  7. 'We are still desperate for a midfield enforcer.'
  8. '‘They were so desperate for the warmth of a human being,’ she said.'
  9. 'We are desperate for any offers of support at this stage because we are starting from scratch.'
  10. '‘We are desperate for people to acknowledge that the council is looking at a city-wide strategy,’ he adds.'
  11. 'The bear meat had run out, and she was desperate for more.'


1. reckless or dangerous because of despair, hopelessness, or urgency: a desperate killer.

2. having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention; desperate to find a job.

3. leaving little or no hope; very serious or dangerous: a desperate illness.

4. extremely bad; intolerable or shocking: clothes in desperate taste.

5. extreme or excessive.

6. making a final, ultimate effort; giving all: a desperate attempt to save a life.

7. actuated by a feeling of h

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be desperate for people."

"people can be desperate for helps."

"people can be desperate for works."

"people can be desperate for foods."

"members can be desperate for cuts."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘in despair’): from Latin desperatus ‘deprived of hope’, past participle of desperare (see despair).


desperate diseases must have desperate remedies