hope·​less | \ ˈhō-pləs How to pronounce hopeless (audio) \

Definition of hopeless

1a : having no expectation of good or success : despairing felt hopeless and alone
b : not susceptible to remedy or cure doctors say his condition is hopeless
c : incapable of redemption or improvement She's a hopeless romantic. the most hopeless group of golfers you've ever seen
2a : giving no reason to expect good or success : giving no ground for hope : desperate The situation looked hopeless.
b : incapable of solution, management, or accomplishment : impossible a hopeless task

Other Words from hopeless

hopelessness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for hopeless

despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless mean having lost all or nearly all hope. 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Postpartum depression, a condition that can leave women feeling hopeless after giving birth, also increased with nearly one in 10 mothers diagnosed in 2018, according to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield analysis. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 We were left feeling hopeless; Rebecca’s test results showed that her condition and her treatment had conspired to prevent her body from mounting a full immune system response to the vaccine. Rob Relyea, CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 Our stories about environmental catastrophe used to be set in distant futures: the desolate endlessness of The Road, or the hopeless, cutthroat scrounging in the Parable of the Sower. Heather Hansman, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 Alzheimer’s disease may be one of the bleakest diagnoses a physician can convey, one where the future can appear hopeless. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 8 May 2022 In the Sixties, for instance, Christine Chapel was defined almost entirely by her hopeless crush on Mr. Spock, where this version is an extrovert who likes playing on the cutting edge of Starfleet medicine. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2022 The scene at the beginning of Act 3, when Enrico, waving a whiskey bottle, leaves the wedding to challenge Edgardo to a fight, suggests that their mutual male aggression stems from a hopeless lack of options. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 As are a few other students in the school, who feel hopeless to change their fate without an influx of cash. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 From the hopeless depths of the Maw to the ethereal plains of Zereth Mortis, the Shadowlands delivers a world that challenges heroes to confront the forces that threaten to upset the cosmic balance between life and death. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hopeless

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hopeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopeless. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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hope·​less | \ ˈhō-pləs How to pronounce hopeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of hopeless

1 : having no hope He feels hopeless about the future.
2 : offering no hope The situation looks hopeless.

Other Words from hopeless

hopelessly adverb
hopelessness noun

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