Definition of Hopeless

1. Adjective. Without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success. "With a hopeless sigh he sat down"




2. Adjective. Of a person unable to do something skillfully. "I'm hopeless at mathematics"
Similar to: Unskilled
Derivative terms: Hopelessness

3. Adjective. Certain to fail. "The situation is hopeless"
Similar to: Impossible

4. Adjective. (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform. "He is a hopeless romantic"
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Bad

Definition of Hopeless

1. a. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing.

Definition of Hopeless

1. Adjective. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing. ¹

2. Adjective. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hopeless

1. despairing [adj]

Medical Definition of Hopeless

1. 1. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing. "I am a woman, friendless, hopeless." (Shak) 2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause. "The hopelessword of "never to return" Breathe I against thee, upon pain of life." (Shak) 3. Unhoped for; despaired of. Hope"lessly, Hope"lessness. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hopeless

hope against hope
hope chest
hope chests
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hoped-for
hoped for
hopeful
hopefull
hopefuller
hopefullest
hopefully
hopefulness
hopefulnesses
hopefuls
hopeite
hopeless (current term)
hopelessly
hopelessness
hopelessnesses
hopene
hoper
hopers
hopes
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hopeth
hophead
hopheads
hopin'
hoping
hopingly

Literary usage of Hopeless

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1. From Manassas to Appomattox: Memoirs of the Civil War in America by James Longstreet (1908)
"Some of General Lee's Officers say to him that " Further Resistance is hopeless"—Longstreet does not approve—General Grant calls for Surrender—" Not ..."

2. The Life of Benjamin Disraeli: Earl of Beaconsfield by William Flavelle Monypenny, George Earle Buckle (1914)
"... CHAPTER VIII ' THE hopeless QUESTION OF PROTECTION ' 1849-1850 ' I found the Tory party in the House of Commons, when I acceded to its chief management, ..."

3. Sons and Lovers by David Herbert Lawrence (1922)
"She was thinking of Mary Queen of ts looking with her strained, hopeless eyes, that could understand misery, over the hills whence no help came, ..."

4. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"Assuming then that the vulgate is hopeless and untenable, can we form any probable conjecture to restore it ? It seems to me that the curious то це\ау (the ..."

5. Nature by Norman Lockyer, Nature Publishing Group (1875)
"From here an attempt was made to advance northwards, but the task was given up as hopeless, after repeated attempts and the most j anxious observation and ..."

6. The Lancet (1842)
"... that their auge is hopeless, their treatment just, and titt increased persecution would only be an appropriate reward for their marked ..."

7. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1898)
"The case, however, had become almost hopeless when in 1842 he went to Ireland. Yet he continued to write letters to her as late as 1844, hoping that she ..."

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