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hopeless

[hohp-lis] /ˈhoʊp lɪs/
adjective
1.
providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate:
a hopeless case of cancer.
2.
without hope; despairing:
hopeless grief.
3.
impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc.:
Balancing my budget is hopeless.
4.
not able to learn or act, perform, or work as desired; inadequate for the purpose:
As a bridge player, you're hopeless.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; hope + -less
Related forms
hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun
Synonyms
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.
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Examples for hopelessly
  • If the concept seems hopelessly complex, you might start with a simple map of a familiar place.
  • Most were subsequently found alive after having become hopelessly lost in dense underbrush and rugged volcanic terrain.
  • It should be added that three lines, which appeared hopelessly misprinted, have been omitted in this poem.
  • Because otherwise they wouldn't get to feel hopelessly trapped.
  • The strategy seems hopelessly inadequate to solve a problem of this magnitude.
  • Besides, the government is already hopelessly entangled in the energy market.
  • Everybody knows that the two parties are hopelessly divided.
  • Holed up in a secret lair as they braved the fury of the streets, he seemed hopelessly out of date and out of touch.
  • We are also hopelessly obsessed with the hierarchy within our clan.
  • In this case, the methods used are hopelessly blunt to make a valid determination.
British Dictionary definitions for hopelessly

hopeless

/ˈhəʊplɪs/
adjective
1.
having or offering no hope
2.
impossible to analyse or solve
3.
unable to learn, function, etc
4.
(informal) without skill or ability
Derived Forms
hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun
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