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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Such distractions would, doubtless, sound hopelessly antiquated to Alli and his peers. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Dele Alli and England Drop Their Guard and Their Past," 18 June 2018 Or at least, if truth as a concept has been hopelessly compromised? Errol Morris, Time, "Why Donald Trump Can't Kill the Truth," 22 May 2018 Photo: Wilson Rothman/The Wall Street Journal In a market such as this, Sonos—with trailing 12-month sales now just topping $1 billion—would appear hopelessly outclassed. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Sonos Can Play Its Own Tune," 9 July 2018 Depictions of China as a trade-reliant economy are hopelessly outdated: net exports account for just 2% of national income. The Economist, "As its trade tussle with America heats up, China is on the back foot," 5 July 2018 So now Trump, Republicans in Congress, and his right-wing press cohort are stepping up their efforts to make the case that the FBI is hopelessly corrupt and engaged in a conspiracy to usurp his presidency. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Washington Gets to Indulge Its Bipartisan Fantasies for 3 More Weeks," 24 Jan. 2018 Sign-up Usually, this ends up producing a bottleneck of talent or results in hopelessly unbalanced teams. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Croatia: The World Cup’s Russian Nesting Dolls," 6 July 2018 Yet to critics, the Chinese approach is akin to what corporate Japan did in the 1980s: overpay for trophy assets in a hopelessly undisciplined way. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 2018 Opera, particularly in the United States, all too often gets the short end of the stick in popular media, frequently perceived as elitist or simply hopelessly out of touch with modern audiences (a discussion for another time). Weston Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art," 4 July 2018

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1616, in the meaning defined above

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