desperate etymology

English word desperate comes from Latin spero, and later Latin desperatus (Despairing. Desperate, hopeless. Reckless.)

Detailed word origin of desperate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
spero Latin (lat) I assume, suppose. I await, anticipate. I fear, am apprehensive. I hope, expect.
desperare Latin (lat)
desperatus Latin (lat) Despairing. Desperate, hopeless. Reckless.
desperate English (eng) Being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.. Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable.. Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous.. Extremely intense.. In dire need of something.. Without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious.

Words with the same origin as desperate

Descendants of spero
despair desperation