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hopeless

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of hopeless

  1. 1 not capable of being cured or reformed <a hopeless optimist who looked for the good in everyone and everything> <a hopeless criminal who spent most of his adult life in jail> Synonyms incorrigible, incurable, irrecoverable, irredeemable, irreformable, irremediable, irretrievable, unrecoverable, unredeemable Related Words irreparable, irreversible, uncorrectable; unencouraging, unpromising; impenitent, unreformed, unregenerate, unrepentant Near Antonyms reversible; encouraging, promising; penitent, regretful, remorseful, repentant, rueful, sorry; correctable, fixable, rectifiable, repairable, reparable, salvable, salvageable Antonyms curable, reclaimable, recoverable, redeemable, reformable, remediable, retrievable, savable (or saveable)

  2. 2 emphasizing or expecting the worst <the poor old woman was feeling hopeless about ever finding her lost cat> Synonyms bearish, defeatist, despairing, downbeat, pessimisticRelated Words cynical, fatalistic, nihilist, nihilistic; desperate, discouraging, disheartening, inauspicious, unlikely, unpromising; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, funereal, gloomy, morose, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen; grim; contrary, hostile, negativeNear Antonyms auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, promising, propitious; cheering, comforting, reassuring; favorable, good, positive; idealist, romantic, utopian, visionary; cheerful, cheery, chipper, sunnyAntonyms hopeful, optimistic, Panglossian, Pollyanna, Pollyannaish (also Polyannish), rose-colored, rosy, upbeat

  3. 3 incapable of being solved or accomplished <keeping this desk organized is hopeless> Synonyms impossible, insoluble, insolvable, insuperable, unattainable, undoable, unrealizable, unsolvableRelated Words impracticable, impractical, infeasible, unusable, unworkable; debatable, disputable, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, far-fetched, fishy, improbable, problematic (also problematical), questionable, shady, shaky, suspect, suspicious, unfeasible, unlikely; implausible, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable, unthinkable; futile, useless; absurd, fantastic (also fantastical), outlandish, preposterous, ridiculousNear Antonyms applicable, functional, practicable, practical, reasonable, serviceable, usable (also useable), useful, working; likely, probable; acceptable, believable, conceivable, credible, plausibleAntonyms achievable, attainable, doable, feasible, possible, realizable, resolvable, soluble, workable

  4. 4 feeling or showing no hope <the hopeless look on the faces of the people in the refugee camp> Synonyms despairing, desperate, forlorn, despondentRelated Words blue, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched; abject, disappointed, discouraged, disheartened, dispirited; grieving, wailing, weeping; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, depressing, desolate, dismal, drear, dreary, funereal; cynical, pessimistic; accepting, resignedNear Antonyms ecstatic, elated, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, exuberant, exultant; blithe, blithesome, gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, lightsome, merry, mirthful; encouraged, heartened; animated, jaunty, lively, perky, sprightful, sprightly, vivacious; blissful, buoyant, cheerful, cheery, chipper, delighted, glad, gladdened, gladsome, gleeful, happy, joyful, joyous, jubilant, sunny, upbeatAntonyms hopeful, optimistic




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