hopeless

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Etymology[edit]

hope +‎ -less

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hopeless (comparative more hopeless, superlative most hopeless)

  1. Without hope; despairing; not expecting anything positive.
    • William Shakespeare
      I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 15, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.
  2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.
    a hopeless cause
  3. Without talent, not skilled
    He's a hopeless writer, but can draw very well.

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  • Nouns to which "hopeless" is often applied: case, situation, romantic, love, cause, person, despair, life, undertaking, alcoholic, man, endeavor, place, pain, agony, project.

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