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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 hopelessness
  • It had been set up to create a sense of hopelessness and despair.
  • The words are the sounds of fluctuations in temper--from scorn and despair to sardonic humor, from hopelessness to hatred.
  • The historic causes of suicide are hopelessness borne of stress, failed relationships and legal and financial problems, he says.
  • The mix of hopelessness and humiliation has left his government close to collapse.
  • Agriculture is in a state of frustration and hopelessness.
  • And the hopelessness it engenders poisons the environment in our penitentiaries.
  • It detailed the hopelessness of war and its effect on soldiers living in the cramped confines of their submarine.
  • There may be a general feeling of hopelessness coupled with a loss of self-esteem.
British Dictionary definitions for hopelessness

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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