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 for desperate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Desperate \Des"per*ate\, n.
     One desperate or hopeless. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Desperate \Des"per*ate\, a. [L. desperatus, p. p. of desperare.
     See Despair, and cf. Desperado.]
     1. Without hope; given to despair; hopeless. [Obs.]
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              I am desperate of obtaining her.      --Shak.
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     2. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous;
        irretrievable; past cure, or, at least, extremely
        dangerous; as, a desperate disease; desperate fortune.
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     3. Proceeding from, or suggested by, despair; without regard
        to danger or safety; reckless; furious; as, a desperate
        effort. "Desperate expedients." --Macaulay.
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     4. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous; -- used to mark the
        extreme predominance of a bad quality.
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              A desperate offendress against nature. --Shak.
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              The most desperate of reprobates.     --Macaulay.
     Syn: Hopeless; despairing; desponding; rash; headlong;
          precipitate; irretrievable; irrecoverable; forlorn; mad;
          furious; frantic.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope; "a
             despairing view of the world situation"; "the last
             despairing plea of the condemned criminal"; "a desperate
             cry for help"; "helpless and desperate--as if at the end
             of his tether"; "her desperate screams" [syn:
             despairing, desperate]
      2: desperately determined; "do-or-die revolutionaries"; "a do-
         or-die conflict" [syn: desperate, do-or-die(a)]
      3: (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency
         or despair; "a desperate criminal"; "taken hostage of
         desperate men"
      4: showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously
         undertaken in desperation as a last resort; "made a last
         desperate attempt to reach the climber"; "the desperate
         gallantry of our naval task forces marked the turning point
         in the Pacific war"- G.C.Marshall; "they took heroic measures
         to save his life" [syn: desperate, heroic]
      5: showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of
         great need or desire; "felt a desperate urge to confess"; "a
         desperate need for recognition"
      6: fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; "a desperate
         illness"; "on all fronts the Allies were in a desperate
         situation due to lack of materiel"- G.C.Marshall; "a dire
         emergency" [syn: desperate, dire]
      n 1: a person who is frightened and in need of help; "they prey
           on the hopes of the desperate"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  111 Moby Thesaurus words for "desperate":
     Dionysiac, accident-prone, aching for, acute, affording no hope,
     amok, apathetic, atrocious, bacchic, baffled, balked, berserk,
     bleak, breakneck, careless, cheerless, climacteric, comfortless,
     compelling, concentrated, corybantic, craving, critical, crucial,
     crying, dangerous, desirous of, despairing, despondent, desponding,
     devil-may-care, dire, disconsolate, dismal, exquisite, fierce,
     foiled, foolhardy, forlorn, frantic, frenetic, frenzied,
     frustrated, furious, grave, great, grim, hard pressed, hard up,
     harum-scarum, hasty, hazardous, headlong, heinous, hopeless,
     hotheaded, hurried, impetuous, in despair, in desperate straits,
     in extremis, in extremities, like one possessed, mad, madding,
     maenadic, maniac, maniacal, monstrous, overeager, overenthusiastic,
     overzealous, panic-stricken, perilous, pinched, precarious,
     precipitant, precipitate, precipitous, pressing, rabid, raging,
     ranting, rash, raving, raving mad, reckless, running wild,
     scandalous, serious, shocking, slap-bang, slapdash, sorely pressed,
     stark-raving mad, straitened, tenuous, terrible, thwarted,
     uncontrollable, unhopeful, up against it, urgent, vehement,
     venturesome, vicious, violent, wanton, wild, without hope,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DESPERATE. Of which there is no hope. 
       2. This term is used frequently, in making an inventory of a decedent's 
  effects, when a debt is considered so bad that there is no hope of 
  recovering it. It is then called a desperate debt, and, if it be so 
  returned, it will be prima facie, considered as desperate. See Toll. Ex. 248 
  2 Williams, Ex. 644; 1 Chit. Pr. 580. See Sperate. 

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