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 The notion that individual action might help us avoid any coming or ongoing crises is now seen as hopelessly naïve, the stuff of Obama-era liberalism. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Lehman was the liquidity provider for many funds and countless companies, a critical piece of the Wall Street maze in which all the players were hopelessly intertwined. Dominique Mielle, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 In my conversations with her colleagues, Harden’s overarching idea was almost universally described as both beautiful and hopelessly quixotic. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Since then, the club’s 12-19 record had knocked it hopelessly behind the Rays for the division title. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 There’s an element of old-school nostalgia that finds one drifting hopelessly out of touch with reality. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Aug. 2021 The Academy’s pursuit of a movie museum, after nearly a century of false starts, seemed hopelessly stalled as recently as 2010. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 Another discovery was perplexing footage of a Soviet tank hopelessly entangled in the wreckage of a small bridge, half immersed in stream water. Will Tizard, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 The 27 member states are hopelessly divided over how to manage the arrivals of those seeking a better life in Europe, so the bloc has resorted to outsourcing the challenge to other countries. Star Tribune, 30 July 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 18 Oct. 2021.

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