• In dire need of something.
  • Being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.
  • Without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious.
  • Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable.
  • Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous.
  • Extremely intense.


  • A person in desperate circumstances or who is at the point of desperation, such as a down-and-outer, addict, etc.


  • Borrowed from Latin dēspērātus, past participle of dēspērō

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