hope·​less·​ly | \ ˈhō-pləs-lē \

Definition of hopelessly

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

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Baritone Ambrogio Maestri was immensely touching as Michonnet, the old stage manager who hopelessly loves Adriana and tries to protect her, and his textual clarity in the conversational passages was exemplary. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Review: More Than a Diva Showcase," 3 Jan. 2019 Without grooming, the fur quickly becomes hopelessly matted, and sometimes infections occur. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 For example, see the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff TV series Angel, which ends just before the big climactic fight in which all our heroes are hopelessly outnumbered. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 The world seems to be careening into more and more disorder, and American politics in particular is hopelessly ensnarled in partisan dysfunction. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 The incandescent minis are dead and our strings of LEDs hopelessly tangled. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "The Christmas-Light Fight: Tastefully White or Festively Colorful?," 18 Dec. 2018 Keep watching to laugh with me, cry with me and fall hopelessly in love with me… and probably with more than one man. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 The view that China would peacefully rise within the West’s institutional framework may have proved hopelessly naïve. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "Trump’s China Policy Has a Flaw: It Makes China the Winner," 27 Mar. 2018 Some don’t mind the hopelessly wrinkled fitted sheet that comes with linen. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "My holy grail bed sheets—that friends also love," 23 Aug. 2018

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1616, in the meaning defined above

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