despondent implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort.
despondent about yet another rejection
despairing suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency.
despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child
desperate implies despair that prompts reckless action or violence in the face of defeat or frustration.
one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle
hopeless suggests despair and the cessation of effort or resistance and often implies acceptance or resignation.
the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless
Examples of hopeless in a Sentence
He felt confused and hopeless after losing his job.
We were the most hopeless group of golfers you ever saw.
He's very ill, but his condition isn't hopeless.
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