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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.

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. Chris Thornhill:

    We can provide hope to a child who feels hopeless, we can help them feel remembered when they feel forgotten. We haven't forgotten them.

  2. 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.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    An Optimist is anyone who gives someone else or others hope, no matter how desperate or hopeless a situation seems. Now permit me to tell you that every Optimist is a potential leader. ~Emeasoba George

  4. Nigel Kneale:

    We're not quite so bumbling and hopeless as you like to think.

  5. Clare Boothe Luce:

    There are no hopeless situations; There are only people who have grown hopeless about them.

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