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hopeless

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of hopeless

  1. 1 not capable of being cured or reformed a hopeless optimist who looked for the good in everyone and everything a hopeless criminal who spent most of his adult life in jail Synonyms of hopeless incorrigible, incurable, irrecoverable, irredeemable, irreformable, irremediable, irretrievable, unrecoverable, unredeemable Words Related to hopeless irreparable, irreversible, uncorrectable; unencouraging, unpromising; impenitent, unreformed, unregenerate, unrepentant Near Antonyms of hopeless reversible; encouraging, promising; penitent, regretful, remorseful, repentant, rueful, sorry; correctable, fixable, rectifiable, repairable, reparable, salvable, salvageable Antonyms of hopeless curable, reclaimable, recoverable, redeemable, reformable, remediable, retrievable, savable (or saveable)

  2. 2 emphasizing or expecting the worst the poor old woman was feeling hopeless about ever finding her lost cat Synonyms of hopeless bearish, defeatist, despairing, downbeat, pessimisticWords Related to hopeless cynical, fatalistic, nihilist, nihilistic; desperate, discouraging, disheartening, inauspicious, unlikely, unpromising; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, funereal, gloomy, morose, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen; grim; contrary, hostile, negativeNear Antonyms of hopeless auspicious, bright, encouraging, fair, golden, heartening, likely, promising, propitious; cheering, comforting, reassuring; favorable, good, positive; idealist, romantic, utopian, visionary; cheerful, cheery, chipper, sunnyAntonyms of hopeless hopeful, optimistic, Panglossian, Pollyanna, Pollyannaish (also Polyannish), rose-colored, rosy, upbeat

  3. 3 incapable of being solved or accomplished keeping this desk organized is hopeless Synonyms of hopeless impossible, insoluble, insolvable, insuperable, unattainable, undoable, unrealizable, unsolvableWords Related to hopeless impracticable, impractical, infeasible, unusable, unworkable; debatable, disputable, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, far-fetched, fishy, improbable, problematic (also problematical), questionable, shady, shaky, suspect, suspicious, unfeasible, unlikely; implausible, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable, unthinkable; futile, useless; absurd, fantastic (also fantastical), outlandish, preposterous, ridiculousNear Antonyms of hopeless applicable, functional, practicable, practical, reasonable, serviceable, usable (also useable), useful, working; likely, probable; acceptable, believable, conceivable, credible, plausibleAntonyms of hopeless achievable, attainable, doable, feasible, possible, realizable, resolvable, soluble, workable

  4. 4 feeling or showing no hope the hopeless look on the faces of the people in the refugee camp Synonyms of hopeless despairing, desperate, forlorn, despondentWords Related to hopeless blue, brokenhearted, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched; abject, disappointed, discouraged, disheartened, dispirited; grieving, wailing, weeping; bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, depressing, desolate, dismal, drear, dreary, funereal; cynical, pessimistic; accepting, resignedNear Antonyms of hopeless ecstatic, elated, enraptured, entranced, euphoric, exhilarated, exuberant, exultant; blithe, blithesome, gay, jocund, jolly, jovial, lightsome, merry, mirthful; encouraged, heartened; animated, jaunty, lively, perky, sprightful, sprightly, vivacious; blissful, buoyant, cheerful, cheery, chipper, delighted, glad, gladdened, gladsome, gleeful, happy, joyful, joyous, jubilant, sunny, upbeatAntonyms of hopeless hopeful, optimistic

Synonym Discussion of hopeless

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

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