• WordNet 3.6
    • adj unhopeful showing utter resignation or hopelessness "abject surrender"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unhopeful Not hopeful; leaving no room for hope; hopeless.
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In literature:

A sense of immense, unhoped-for happiness filled his soul; all his doubts had died away.
"A House of Gentlefolk" by Ivan Turgenev
Who, looking at them, who that did not know, could foretell the fruits of their miserable, unhopeful labour?
"Stella Fregelius" by H. Rider Haggard
Still it was something to start on; and something more or less unexpected and unhoped for.
"The Leopard Woman" by Stewart Edward White
An unhoped-for change in the situation had taken place.
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
It was with vast pleasure that Gines had listened to this unhoped-for information.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Their arrival was an unhoped-for aid.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume IV. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
As for Schmucke, he enjoyed unhoped-for happiness; Mme.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
To others it came as the unhoped-for, dreamed-of culmination of aspiration.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The festival had offered them an unhoped-for opportunity of rescuing her.
"The Jungle Girl" by Gordon Casserly
It would be quite wrong, however, to regard Redmond's attitude in these days as unhopeful.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
The fund had reached unhoped-for proportions.
"South African Memories" by Lady Sarah Wilson
For now we reap the gladness of a ray, That dawns unhoped for in this rumour's sound.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
It was impossible to remain unhopeful in such goodly company.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
As he crossed the filled-in meadows he poked unhopefully at the soil here and there, but nothing came of it.
"Mike Flannery On Duty and Off" by Ellis Parker Butler
And I am not unhopeful about England, or about the Strand.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
The lethargic character of their ambassador here, gives a very unhopeful aspect to a treaty on this ground.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
This, too, was unhopeful.
"Stranded in Arcady" by Francis Lynde
At first he felt only exhilaration, the joy of a near approach to a long-desired but unhoped-for goal.
"Countess Erika's Apprenticeship" by Ossip Schubin
Even the few friends with whom he lived in familiar intercourse came 'unasked, unhoped.
"The Age of Tennyson" by Hugh Walker
They thought, 'twere surely better that they at once were dead, Than in slow torture lingering unhopeful of release.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown

In poetry:

Black is night's cope;
But death will not appal
One who, past doubtings all,
Waits in unhope.
"In Tenebris" by Thomas Hardy
As if thy love were stolen, thy caress,
Sweet and unhoped for, were a phantom frail,
It gleamed, lit up the dark, and then was gone
Brief as a sound, false as a fairy tale;
"Timid Love" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson
Unhoped, unsought!
A little tenderness, this mother thought
The utmost of her meed
She looked for gratitude; content indeed
With thus much that her nine years' love had bought.
"The Modern Mother" by Alice Meynell
Winter in the world it is,
Round about the unhoped kiss
Whose dream I long have sorrowed o’er;
Round about the longing sore,
That the touch of thee shall turn
Into joy too deep to burn.
"Meeting In Winter" by William Morris
If this were Love why should I turn away?
Am I not, too, made of the common clay?
Is life so fair, am I so fortunate,
I can refuse the capricious gift of Fate,
The sudden glory, the unhoped-for flowers,
The transfiguration of my earthly hours?
"Via Amoris" by Edith Nesbit