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  • adj.reckless, outrageous
  • adj.extreme, intense
  • adj.hopeless

synonyms for desperate

  • bold
  • dangerous
  • daring
  • determined
  • frantic
  • frenzied
  • furious
  • violent
  • madcap
  • precipitate
  • rash
  • wild
  • atrocious
  • audacious
  • careless
  • death-defying
  • devil-may-care
  • foolhardy
  • hasty
  • hazardous
  • headlong
  • headstrong
  • heinous
  • impetuous
  • incautious
  • monstrous
  • risky
  • scandalous
  • shocking
  • venturesome
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antonyms for desperate

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  • afraid
  • calm
  • cowardly
  • fearful
  • meek
  • mild
  • moderate
  • peaceful
  • quiet
  • shy
  • timid
  • weak
  • confident
  • content
  • contented
  • hopeful
  • satisfactory
  • satisfied
  • secure
  • unworried
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How to use desperate in a sentence

“It’s a desperate ploy by somebody who understands that he’s in a fight for his life,” Harrison said of Graham’s recent political play.
JAIME HARRISON SAYS HE FEELS ‘A LITTLE SAD’ FOR LINDSEY GRAHAMHOPE WRIGHTSEPTEMBER 17, 2020ESSENCE.COM
According to Gerard Bush, who co-wrote and co-directed the movie with his husband Christopher Renz, he dreamed that a desperate woman was trying to reach out across the dimensions for help.
‘ANTEBELLUM’ EXPLORES TRUTHS OF OUR UGLY PASTBRIAN T. CARNEYSEPTEMBER 16, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
Six months later, we're back to the old normal — even though many remain desperate for assistance.
CONGRESS LACKS URGENCY FOR MORE ECONOMIC STIMULUSALAYNA TREENESEPTEMBER 11, 2020AXIOS
By contrast, Quasimodo is literally confined physically to the “closet” of the church, but his longing for freedom is soaring and desperate and inspiring.
TOWARD A QUEER DISNEY CANONEMILY VANDERWERFFSEPTEMBER 4, 2020VOX
While Kumar and his team were thinking about how to keep the business afloat, they were spurred into action because of the desperate calls they were getting from their guide partners, some even requesting small loans to make ends meet.
INDIANS HOLIDAY AROUND THE WORLD DURING THE PANDEMIC—FROM INSIDE THEIR LIVING ROOMSMANAVI KAPURAUGUST 21, 2020QUARTZ
The government is now desperate to avoid needing to reimpose such strict measures as those that were lifted in May, following the initial lockdown period.
AS COVID-19 RATES RISE, FRANCE WILL REQUIRE MOST PEOPLE TO WEAR MASKS AT WORKDAVID MEYERAUGUST 18, 2020FORTUNE
Miyashiro would like to replicate the program for families – who he said are desperate to see it continue – but he can’t.
THE LEARNING CURVE: ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT STAYED OPEN – AND DIDN’T HAVE PROBLEMSWILL HUNTSBERRYAUGUST 13, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
With millions of websites crowding the internet, there are plenty in desperate need of quality content.
NINE MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN CONTACTING WEBSITES FOR BACKLINKSRAJ DOSANJHJULY 29, 2020SEARCH ENGINE WATCH
While it’s critical for our national security, the program is in desperate need of reform.
CONGRESSIONAL DEMS: NEW SURVEILLANCE BILL STRIKES RIGHT BALANCEJESSE MARXJUNE 22, 2020VOICE OF SAN DIEGO
When the Cleveland Clinic put out a desperate call for hand sanitizer, Lix offered to help.
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WORDS RELATED TO DESPERATE

  • afflictive
  • critical
  • crucial
  • dangerous
  • decisive
  • desperate
  • dire
  • essential
  • grave
  • serious
  • severe
  • sudden
  • urgent
  • vital
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