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Definitions of hopeless

  1. (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform; "she handed me a hopeless jumble of papers"; "he is a hopeless romantic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. certain to fail; "the situation is hopeless" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Unhoped for; despaired of. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Without expectation of good; despairing; as, hopeless grief. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Without hope: giving no ground to expect good or success: desperate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Without hope; giving no ground for hope; desperate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Without hope; despairing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Destitute of hope; yielding no hope. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Without hope; being without pleasing expectation; despairing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for hopeless

  1. A moment he paused and looked at me- hopeless – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  2. It's hopeless to follow them, as we know nothing of the counthry, nor which direction they took. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
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