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Definitions for hopeless
ˈhoʊp lɪshope·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hopelessadjective

    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"

  2. hopelessadjective

    of a person unable to do something skillfully

    "I'm hopeless at mathematics"

  3. hopelessadjective

    certain to fail

    "the situation is hopeless"

  4. hopelessadjective

    (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"


  1. hopelessadjective

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

    I am a woman, friendless, hopeless. -Shakespeare.

  2. hopelessadjective

    Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.

    A hopeless cause.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hopelessadjective

    Etymology: from hope.

    Are they indifferent, being used as signs of immoderate and hopeless lamentation for the dead? Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Alas, I am a woman, friendless, hopeless! William Shakespeare.

    He watches with greedy hope to find
    His wish, and best advantage, us asunder;
    Hopeless to circumvent us join’d, where each
    To other speedy aid might lend at need. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    The fall’n archangel, envious of our state,
    And hopeless to prevail by open force,
    Seeks hid advantage. John Dryden, State of Innocence.

    Hopeless of ransom, and condemn’d to lie
    In durance, doom’d a ling’ring death to die. John Dryden, Fab.

    The hopeless word of never to return,
    Breathe I against thee upon pain of life. William Shakespeare, R. II.


  1. Hopeless

    Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (stylized in all lowercase) is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on June 2, 2017, by Astralwerks. The album features guest appearances from Quavo and Lauren Jauregui. Halsey co-wrote every song on the album, while production was handled by Lido and Benny Blanco, among others. Following its release, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Canadian Albums Chart. The album was also certified Platinum by RIAA. In support of the album, Halsey embarked on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour. The album was described by Halsey as having more "radio friendly music" when compared to her previous releases. The albums lead single, "Now or Never", was released on April 4, 2017. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Halsey's first top-twenty entry on the chart as a lead artist. It also became Halsey's first track as a lead artist to earn Multi-Platinum status; it was certified double Platinum by RIAA. The second single, "Bad at Love", peaked at number five on the Hot 100, making it Halsey's highest peak as a lead artist at the time. It was certified triple Platinum by RIAA. The third and final single, "Alone", only reached number 66 on the Hot 100, but was certified Platinum by RIAA and reached number one on the Dance Club chart.


  1. hopeless

    Hopeless is an adjective that refers to a state or condition where there is little or no chance of improvement, progress, or success. It implies a feeling of despair, futility, or lack of optimism about a particular situation or outcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hopelessadjective

    destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing

  2. Hopelessadjective

    giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause

  3. Hopelessadjective

    unhoped for; despaired of

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hopeless in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hopeless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of hopeless in a Sentence

  1. Otto Ng:

    It feels a bit depressed and hopeless, but at the same time this is just the beginning, it's not the end.... We still haven't got what we wanted..... It's awakened the Hong Kong people.

  2. Alan Henning A taxi driver:

    The way I saw it, I didn't have a choice, this is what I was put here to do. I guess I am just a hopeless romantic, and I am an idealist, and I believe in hopeless causes.

  3. Independent Olympic Athlete:

    It was very important for all the refugees around the world, and others who are( feeling) hopeless about the future to( say)' I was just like you before but here I am now with the help of people,'.

  4. Gordon William Allport:

    So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    ...One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.

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