hopeless

adjective
hope·​less | \ ˈhō-pləs \

Definition of hopeless

1a : having no expectation of good or success : despairing felt hopeless and alone
b : not susceptible to remedy or cure doctors say his condition is hopeless
c : incapable of redemption or improvement She's a hopeless romantic. the most hopeless group of golfers you've ever seen
2a : giving no reason to expect good or success : giving no ground for hope : desperate The situation looked hopeless.
b : incapable of solution, management, or accomplishment : impossible a hopeless task

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Other Words from hopeless

hopelessness noun

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despondent, despairing, desperate, hopeless mean having lost all or nearly all hope. despondent implies a deep dejection arising from a conviction of the uselessness of further effort. despondent about yet another rejection despairing suggests the slipping away of all hope and often despondency. despairing appeals for the return of the kidnapped child desperate implies despair that prompts reckless action or violence in the face of defeat or frustration. one last desperate attempt to turn the tide of battle hopeless suggests despair and the cessation of effort or resistance and often implies acceptance or resignation. the situation of the trapped miners is hopeless

Examples of hopeless in a Sentence

He felt confused and hopeless after losing his job. We were the most hopeless group of golfers you ever saw. He's very ill, but his condition isn't hopeless.
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Their plight would be hopeless if this were another film by another filmmaker. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Shoplifters’ Review: What Makes a Family?," 22 Nov. 2018 Below, the best Valentine's Day songs ever—throwbacks included—for all the hopeless romantics out there. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Valentine's Day Songs That Will Give You All the Feels," 9 Jan. 2019 Just when hopeless romantics thought that mind-boggling dating trends like submarining and stashing were left behind in 2017, a new woe has bubbled up to vex sincere sentiments everywhere: mosting. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "'Mosting' is the latest maddening dating trend," 20 Mar. 2018 This woman has lived through horrendous persecution, times when all must have seemed hopeless. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "China’s Worst Western Import," 24 Sep. 2018 ApoteoSurprise Agency will start booking flights in March 2022 for hopeless romantics with deep pockets to jump aboard a rocket and take off into space. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fly me to the moon ... for a proposal? Firm offers launches from Kennedy for lovebirds," 6 July 2018 That willingness to still put up a fight, even when things seem hopeless, is part of the American creation myth. Drew Magary, GQ, "There Is Bravery in Each Other," 3 July 2018 Sometimes there are things about this country that seem hopeless. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Think America isn't great already? This refugee will change your mind," 3 July 2018 Feeling hopeless or talking about not wanting to live anymore. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Here's How To Help A Friend Who's Struggling," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hopeless

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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hopeless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hopeless

: having or feeling no hope
: unable to be changed
informal : unable to be helped or improved : very bad

hopeless

adjective
hope·​less | \ ˈhō-pləs \

Kids Definition of hopeless

1 : having no hope He feels hopeless about the future.
2 : offering no hope The situation looks hopeless.

Other Words from hopeless

hopelessly adverb
hopelessness noun

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