Synonyms of desperate in English:

desperate


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adjective

1‘he gave me a desperate look’

SYNONYMS
despairing, hopeless
anguished, distressed, in despair, suicidal
miserable, wretched, desolate
forlorn, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, devastated, downcast, resigned, defeatist, pessimistic
distraught, fraught, overcome, out of one's mind, at one's wits' end, beside oneself, at the end of one's tether
literary dolorous
ANTONYMS

cheerful, composed

2‘a desperate attempt to escape’

SYNONYMS
last-ditch, last-chance, last-resort, last-minute, last-gasp, eleventh-hour, all-out, do-or-die, final
frantic, frenzied, wild, straining
futile, hopeless, doomed, lost

3‘his finances were in a desperate state’

SYNONYMS
grave, serious, dangerous, risky, perilous, hazardous, precarious, critical, acute
dire, very bad, calamitous, appalling, awful, terrible, frightful, dreadful, outrageous, intolerable, deplorable, lamentable, sorry, poor
hopeless, irretrievable
informal lousy, chronic
archaic, humorous parlous

4‘the church is in desperate need of repair’

SYNONYMS
urgent, pressing, compelling, crying
acute, critical, crucial, vital, drastic, serious, grave, dire, extreme, great
formal exigent

5‘they were desperate for food’

SYNONYMS
in great need of, urgently requiring, craving, in want of, lacking, wanting
eager, aching, longing, yearning, hungry, thirsty, thirsting, itching, crying out, desirous
informal dying

6‘armed bands of desperate men’

SYNONYMS
violent, dangerous, lawless
reckless, rash, hasty, impetuous, foolhardy, incautious
death-or-glory, do-or-die, hazardous, risky