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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhoʊplɪs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhəʊplɪs/
- Hyphenation: hope‧less
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- Without hope; despairing; not expecting anything positive.
- 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene i]:
- I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 15, in 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.
- 1966, James Workman, The Mad Emperor, Melbourne, Sydney: Scripts, page 41:
- A gaoler struck him, pushing him back in place in the hopeless, helpless line of prisoners.
- Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.
- a hopeless cause
- Without talent, not skilled
- He's a hopeless writer, but can draw very well.
- (of an adverse condition) Incurable.
- She is a hopeless romantic.
- He is a hopeless idler.
- Nouns to which "hopeless" is often applied: case, situation, romantic, love, cause, person, despair, life, undertaking, alcoholic, man, endeavor, place, pain, agony, project.
destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing
desperate — see desperate
without talent — see talentless
not skilled — see nonskilled
incurable — see incurable