Desperate

Definition of Desperate

Des´per`ate
a.1.Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.
I am desperate of obtaining her.
- Shak.
2.Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.
3.Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate effort.
4.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.
n.1.One desperate or hopeless.

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