desperate


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having lost all hope

so serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis

extreme in degree, strength, or effect

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a person who is frightened and in need of help

arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope

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desperately determined

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(of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair

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showing extreme courage

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showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire

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fraught with extreme danger

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It was a desperate leap--impossible to anything but madness and despair; and Haley, Sam, and Andy, instinctively cried out, and lifted up their hands, as she did it.
And after I had sent them in, I could not keep away from the places where they were, but felt as if they were more hopeful and less desperate when I was near them.
There were desperate lunges at these chosen spots seemingly every instant, and most of them were bandied like light toys between the contending forces.
Tom meant to reverse this image, but love is proverbially desperate in its figures of speech, and any thing was better than appearing to hesitate.
There were two or three American men, in black coats, rather yellow and dry of skin: they were theological students; Philip heard the twang of their New England accent through their bad German, and he glanced at them with suspicion; for he had been taught to look upon Americans as wild and desperate barbarians.
If you want some more, bring the suit," had been the reply that sent Martin out of the stuffy little den, so desperate at heart as to reflect it in his face and touch his sister to pity.
Mirabel assumed the mask of cheerfulness--with the desperate resolution of an actor, amusing his audience at a time of domestic distress.
AN ASS and a Cock were in a straw-yard together when a Lion, desperate from hunger, approached the spot.
thou desperate Object," cried the Dishonest Gain; "these beautiful private grounds are no place for such work as thine.
and in froth or bubbles end-- So Satan, whom repulse upon repulse Met ever, and to shameful silence brought, Yet gives not o'er, though desperate of success, And his vain importunity pursues.
As he thundered forth his war-cry, the Jacks who had been gathering before the black arch of the gateway rushed in madly in a desperate effort to carry the staircase.
The set-back to their hopes made them despairing and desperate.
To the one he gave hands more light to draw or cut out missiles from the flesh and to heal all kinds of wounds; but in the heart of the other he put full and perfect knowledge to tell hidden diseases and cure desperate sicknesses.
But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.
A receipt to regain the lost affections of a wife, which hath never been known to fail in the most desperate cases.