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feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with:a desperate sadness enveloped Ruth (of an act or attempt) tried in despair or when everything else has failed; having little hope of success:drugs used in a desperate attempt to save his life (of a situation) extremely bad, serious, or dangerous:there is a desperate shortage of teachers [predic.] (of a person) having a great need or desire for something:I am desperate for a cigarette [with infinitive]:the government is desperate to clean up Rio’s streets (of a person or fight) violent or dangerous:a desperate criminal a desperate struggle
in the middle.per
haps he was desper
ate to escape.