hope·​less·​ly | \ ˈhō-pləs-lē How to pronounce hopelessly (audio) \

Definition of hopelessly

: in a hopeless manner used especially as an intensifierthe formerly despised and hopelessly middle-class game of golf— Ejner Jensen

Examples of hopelessly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With good intentions — donations to charity and a nod to Kobe Bryant — the NBA came up with a hopelessly complicated quarter-by-quarter scoring format for this year’s game. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Remember the last time the Chiefs played in the Super Bowl? Joe Kapp does," 31 Jan. 2020 The Palestinians have already rejected the plan, saying the administration is hopelessly and unfairly biased toward Israel. Washington Post, "Israel’s embattled Netanyahu wins landslide in primary," 27 Dec. 2019 Below, in alphabetical order, is a hopelessly incomplete list of highlights, the perspective of one listener and observer. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Transition, enterprise, and success: 2019 Classical Music Year in Review," 24 Dec. 2019 And with the country hopelessly divided over the fate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted on three counts of corruption, there is little indication that the third election will be any more decisive than the first two. New York Times, "Israel Heads to Record Third Election, Extending Deadlock," 11 Dec. 2019 Coming out flat, falling hopelessly behind, staging a desperate, futile comeback, falling apart when the game was actually within reach – how many times has this UConn core played this type of game the last three-plus seasons? Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn men still plagued by losing habits and other takeaways from an ugly loss to St. Joseph’s," 14 Nov. 2019 Now where a troop of black soldiers are desperately, hopelessly lost in a quagmire — Coppola’s daring metaphor for America’s urban ghettoes. Armond White, National Review, "Coppola’s Cotton Club Encore Remakes American Entertainment," 23 Oct. 2019 The largely leaderless movement accuses the government of being hopelessly corrupt and has also decried Iran's growing influence in Iraqi state affairs. Arkansas Online, "27 Iraqi protesters shot dead in 24 hours, violence spirals," 28 Nov. 2019 The largely leaderless movement accuses the government of being hopelessly corrupt and has also decried Iran’s growing influence in Iraqi state affairs. SFChronicle.com, "27 Iraqi protesters shot dead in 24 hours, violence spirals," 28 Nov. 2019

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1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Hopelessly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopelessly. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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