Pronunciation: (des'pur-it, -prit),[key] —adj. 1. reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer. 2. having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention. 3. leaving little or no hope; very serious or dangerous: a desperate illness. 4. extremely bad; intolerable or shocking: clothes in desperate taste. 5. extreme or excessive.
6. making a final, ultimate effort; giving all: a desperate attempt to save a life. 7. actuated by a feeling of hopelessness.
8. having no hope; giving in to despair.