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Definition of Desperate


  1. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless.
  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.
  5. One desperate or hopeless.

Desperate Quotations

Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
Mark Twain

People who say they don't care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don't care what people think.
George Carlin

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
Henry David Thoreau

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Henry David Thoreau

If one is desperate for love, I suggest looking at one's friends and family and see if love is all around. If not, get a new set of friends, a new family.
Jasmine Guy
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Desperate Translations

desperate in Dutch is radeloos, wanhopig
desperate in German is verzweifelt
desperate in Italian is disperato
desperate in Norwegian is desperat, fortvilet
desperate in Portuguese is desesperado
desperate in Spanish is desesperado

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