Definitions for: Hopeless


[adj] (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"
[adj] 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"
[adj] certain to fail; "the situation is hopeless"
[adj] of a person unable to do something skillfully; "I'm hopeless at mathematics"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hope"less, a.
1. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good;
despairing.

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

2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable;
desperate; as, a hopeless cause.

The hopelessword of ``never to return'' Breathe I
against thee, upon pain of life. --Shak.

3. Unhoped for; despaired of. [Obs.] --Marston. --
Hope"less*ly, adv. -- Hope"less*ness, n.

Synonyms: abject, bad, black, bleak, despairing, desperate, despondent, dim, forlorn, futureless, gloomy, grim, heartsick, helpless, incurable, insoluble, lost, resigned, unhopeful, unskilled

Antonyms: hopeful

See Also: discouraging, impossible, pessimistic

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