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hopeless

[hohp-lis] /ˈhoʊp lɪs/
adjective
1.
providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate:
a hopeless case of cancer.
2.
without hope; despairing:
hopeless grief.
3.
impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc.:
Balancing my budget is hopeless.
4.
not able to learn or act, perform, or work as desired; inadequate for the purpose:
As a bridge player, you're hopeless.
Origin of hopeless
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70; hope + -less
Related forms
hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun
Synonyms
1. irremediable, remediless, incurable. 2. forlorn, disconsolate, dejected.
Synonym Study
2.Hopeless, despairing, despondent, desperate all describe an absence of hope. Hopeless is used of a feeling of futility and passive abandonment of oneself to fate: Hopeless and grim, he still clung to the cliff. Despairing refers to the loss of hope in regard to a particular situation, whether important or trivial; it suggests an intellectual judgment concerning probabilities: despairing of victory; despairing of finding his gloves. Despondent always suggests melancholy and depression; it refers to an emotional state rather than to an intellectual judgment: Despondent over ill health, he killed himself. She became despondent and suspicious. Desperate conveys a suggestion of recklessness resulting from loss of hope: As the time grew shorter, he became desperate. It may also refer to something arising from extreme need or danger: a desperate remedy; a desperate situation. See also despair.
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  • He realized its hopelessness when K. lapsed into whimsical humor.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • It was as if he must make up for long arrears of hopelessness.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • An expression of pain, and hopelessness, and sorrow swept across his features.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • hopelessness had dulled every sense: not even a start at the sound of his voice!

    Miracles of Our Lord George MacDonald
  • And through it all a great despair and hopelessness sounded in his voice.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for hopelessness

hopeless

/ˈhəʊplɪs/
adjective
1.
having or offering no hope
2.
impossible to analyse or solve
3.
unable to learn, function, etc
4.
(informal) without skill or ability
Derived Forms
hopelessly, adverb
hopelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hopelessness

hopeless

adj.

1560s, from hope (n.) + -less. Related: Hopelessly; hopelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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