desperate (adj.) Old form(s): desp'rate
disregarding, careless, reckless
AW II.i.184[King to Helena, of her life] Thou this to hazard needs must intimate / Skill infinite, or monstrous desperate
H8 III.i.86[Queen Katherine to Campeius and Wolsey, of anyone who might support her against the King] Though he be grown so desperate to be honest
KL II.iv.300[Regan to all, of Lear] He is attended with a desperate train
R2 V.iii.20[King Henry to Percy, of Henry's son] As dissolute as desperate
TN V.i.61[First Officer to Orsino, of Antonio] Here in the streets, desperate of shame and state, / In private brabble did we apprehend him
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