hope·​less·​ly ˈhō-pləs-lē How to pronounce hopelessly (audio)
: in a hopeless manner
used especially as an intensifier
the formerly despised and hopelessly middle-class game of golfEjner Jensen

Examples of hopelessly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the interim between Election Day and January 5, 2021 — the day when Georgians went back to the polls to participate in two runoff elections for U.S. Senate — Trump ceaselessly hectored the party into believing that voting was a fool’s game and the Peach State’s GOP was hopelessly corrupt. Noah Rothman, National Review, 17 Jan. 2024 But there’s always an audience: in this case, three women sitting on the other side of the thin bathroom door waiting for their turn to use a toilet which was now horribly, hopelessly clogged. TIME, 12 Jan. 2024 It has been seen variously as a deity or an oracle; a world rife with life or hopelessly sterile; a setting for utopias, dystopias, even Ziggy Stardust. Michael Saler, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2023 The line between victim and oppressor, innocent and guilty, gets hopelessly blurred. Jason Farago, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The commingling of real and unreal taints all of it; if neither images or audio can be believed, then the nonfiction genre is hopelessly compromised. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Nov. 2023 Taking most of the abuse is Godwin’s devoted young assistant, Max McCandles (Ramy Youssef), who observes Bella and soon becomes hopelessly smitten with her. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Famed for its religious, artistic, and at times seedy history, the neighborhood’s iconic lampposts, steep steps, and panoramic views have drawn the likes of Picasso, Renoir, and hopelessly devoted Francophiles like myself with its bucolic charm. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2023 One soul is a little more hopelessly lost than the others, however, and that’s the role assigned to the Oscar nominee. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hopelessly was in 1616

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“Hopelessly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hopelessly. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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