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

Definition of hopelessly

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

Examples of hopelessly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other words, one of the nation's leading technology companies argued the law was hopelessly out of date. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court rules Facebook didn't violate U.S. robocall ban," 1 Apr. 2021 Once again, the nation appeared to be hopelessly divided. Josef Federman And Joseph Krauss, The Christian Science Monitor, "Israeli election: Arab Islamist party could become kingmaker," 24 Mar. 2021 But because America is hopelessly backward, conservatives decided this notion was too radical and moved to derail the amendment’s ratification. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, "On My Mother, Phyllis Schlafly, and the Long Path of the Equal Rights Amendment," 24 Mar. 2021 But its preoccupations — marital bliss and religious redemption — are brave ones for a young pop star whose appeal, like that of all pop stars, depends on his ability to seem both hopelessly cool and romantically available. Washington Post, "What does ‘Justice’ mean to Justin Bieber?," 23 Mar. 2021 His indiscriminate use of the move, too often coming after a good individual play is made when his team is hopelessly behind, has turned many fans off. David Moore, Dallas News, "Hope for Jaylon Smith’s departure speaks more to his standing with fans than it does the Cowboys’ intention," 22 Mar. 2021 For an entire year, Smith has watched hopelessly as dates disappeared from her calendar. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, "She Managed Concert Tours. Now, Covid Vaccines," 15 Mar. 2021 The tax rules surrounding an employer’s role in providing healthcare can seem hopelessly complex, but getting a grip on them is vital. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, "How To Make Healthcare Benefits Less Of A Headache," 4 Mar. 2021 Establishing such a big target might come off as overly hubristic or even hopelessly naïve given the late date at which Paramount+ is rolling out its big streaming play. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "Paramount+ Is Here. Is It Too Late?," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hopelessly

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 10 Apr. 2021.

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