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Feeling or showing a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with
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“I could not help but feel pity at the desperate nature of his plea for help.”
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(of a situation) Dangerously insecure or unstable
“This is a desperate situation that requires urgent action.”
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Done as a last resort or in desperation
“It was the desperate act of a person in the throes of trying to save his floundering business.”
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Requiring immediate attention
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“Steps must be taken to get food to people in desperate need.”
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In dire need of something
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“She was desperate to start a family.”
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Inclined to behave in a reckless or outrageous manner
“Even so much as the sight of loose change could induce a desperate criminal to break the law.”
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Being at one's lowest point with nothing to lose
“He was desperate, starving for food, and would stop at nothing to get some nourishment.”
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Agitated or stressed
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Having a strong or far-reaching effect
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Requiring a desperate effort to avoid disaster or failure
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Very poor or bad
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Predisposed to having, or characterized by, bad luck
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Appearing worn or harassed as if one is being pursued
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Deeply angered but not outwardly displaying it
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Having lost hope
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Anti-utopian
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Weak and unable to support oneself
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Significant or extreme in degree or intensity
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Making an earnest or desperate appeal
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Showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense
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Very great; enormous
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Demonstrating a strict and uncompromising approach
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Completely overcome or helpless, especially with distress or exhaustion
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