Why was clemency trending last week?


[hohp-lis] /ˈhoʊp lɪs/
providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate:
a hopeless case of cancer.
without hope; despairing:
hopeless grief.
impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc.:
Balancing my budget is hopeless.
not able to learn or act, perform, or work as desired; inadequate for the purpose:
As a bridge player, you're hopeless.
Origin of hopeless
1560-70; hope + -less
Related forms
hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun
1. irremediable, remediless, incurable. 2. forlorn, disconsolate, dejected. Hopeless, despairing, despondent, desperate all describe an absence of hope. Hopeless is used of a feeling of futility and passive abandonment of oneself to fate: Hopeless and grim, he still clung to the cliff. Despairing refers to the loss of hope in regard to a particular situation, whether important or trivial; it suggests an intellectual judgment concerning probabilities: despairing of victory; despairing of finding his gloves. Despondent always suggests melancholy and depression; it refers to an emotional state rather than to an intellectual judgment: Despondent over ill health, he killed himself. She became despondent and suspicious. Desperate conveys a suggestion of recklessness resulting from loss of hope: As the time grew shorter, he became desperate. It may also refer to something arising from extreme need or danger: a desperate remedy; a desperate situation. Despairing and despondent may apply only to feelings. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for hopeless
  • The failure to distinguish between argumentation and opinion made reasoning with this student a hopeless proposition.
  • Yet promoting human rights in thick-skinned countries is not a hopeless cause.
  • For her as for many of the refugees, their plight seems overwhelming and hopeless.
  • Throw in the missing ballots, and the situation is hopeless.
  • Junior's programmers will handle their protégé's winnings, should the software prove that humans are indeed hopeless.
  • The panelists and others in the room mumbled, they stammered, they were hopeless and helpless.
  • Preventing the publication of the cache of cables looks hopeless.
  • Its important that he doesn't ever feel hopeless or lost in the system.
  • As a manufacturing base it is hopeless and as a staging post it is to small.
  • Their attempts to mount any real defense were hopeless.
British Dictionary definitions for hopeless


having or offering no hope
impossible to analyse or solve
unable to learn, function, etc
(informal) without skill or ability
Derived Forms
hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for hopeless

1560s, from hope (n.) + -less. Related: Hopelessly; hopelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hopeless

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hopeless

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hopeless

Nearby words for hopeless