Desperate vs Crave - What's the difference?

desperate | crave |


As an adjective desperate

is being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.

As a verb crave is

to desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.

desperate

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Being filled with, or in a state of despair; hopeless.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Since his exile she hath despised me most, / Forsworn my company and rail'd at me, / That I am desperate of obtaining her.
  • * , chapter=16
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”}}
  • Without regard to danger or safety; reckless; furious.
  • * Macaulay
  • desperate expedients
  • Beyond hope; causing despair; extremely perilous; irretrievable.
  • Extreme, in a bad sense; outrageous.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • a desperate offendress against nature
  • * Macaulay
  • the most desperate of reprobates
  • Extremely intense.
  • Derived terms

    * desperation

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    crave

    English

    Verb

    (crav)
  • To desire strongly, so as to satisfy an appetite; to long or yearn for.
  • I know I should diet more, but every afternoon I crave a soda so I have one.
  • * Edmund Gurney
  • His path is one that eminently craves weary walking.
  • To ask for earnestly.
  • I humbly crave your indulgence to read this letter until the end.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I crave your honour's pardon.
  • * Bible, Mark xv. 43
  • Joseph went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

    Derived terms

    * craving

    Anagrams

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