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

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Rona Figueroa is forceful and upbeat as Daisy, the coworker with whom Berenger is hopelessly smitten, and Teddy Spencer is entertainingly frustrating as a wishy-washy officemate who keeps making excuses for all this rampant rhinocerosity. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 2019 The conference room is also hopelessly colorless, punctuated only by the hot pink and purple posters on the wall opposite the windows. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 If there were a metric for how utterly and hopelessly over a game felt after just 14 minutes, Alabama would have surely set a record there, too. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Alabama Beats Oklahoma, Will Face Clemson for College Football National Title," 30 Dec. 2018 For them, the entire debate is a way to attack universities as hopelessly and dangerously liberal — to undermine higher education for nakedly partisan reasons. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 The Mark Zuckerberg portrayed here is brilliant, driven, decent, hopelessly naive about human motivations and entirely unwilling to take warnings seriously. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Government We ‘Like’," 22 Feb. 2019 That sounds hopelessly elitist in our egalitarian era, but Twitter is the ludicrous conclusion of the propensity Jeffrey lamented. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "For Sanity’s Sake, Delete Your Account," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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1616, in the meaning defined above

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