• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hopeless (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 hopeless 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 hopeless certain to fail "the situation is hopeless"
    • adj hopeless of a person unable to do something skillfully "I'm hopeless at mathematics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hopeless Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing. "I am a woman, friendless, hopeless ."
    • Hopeless Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause. "The hopeless word of “never to return”
      Breathe I against thee, upon pain of life."
    • Hopeless Unhoped for; despaired of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hopeless Without hope; having no expectation of gaining or attaining the thing desired; despairing.
    • hopeless Affording no ground of hope or expectation of good; despaired of: as, a hopeless case; a hopeless scamp.
    • hopeless Unhoped for; unexpected.
    • hopeless Synonyms Desponding, discouraged.
    • hopeless Incurable, irremediable, incorrigible, irreparable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hopeless without hope: giving no ground to expect good or success: desperate
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  • George Eliot
    “No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.”
  • George Santayana
    “To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “There is no wisdom in useless and hopeless sorrow, but there is something in it so like virtue, that he who is wholly without it cannot be loved.”
  • Margaret Anderson
    Margaret Anderson
    “It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hopianhopa, hope; Dut. hopen, Ger. hoffen.


In literature:

As to rowing up it against the strong tide then running out, that, he saw, was hopeless, Mr Ferris being no oarsman.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
This uncertainty was, perhaps, still more painful to endure than our previous hopelessness.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
We have seen even apparently hopeless cases recover under proper treatment.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
How those base-balls are to be kept within bounds is a hopeless mystery the doctors are puzzling over.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
To begin with I can never understand what the things are about, and I always get quotations hopelessly mixed.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
It seemed a hopeless task even to feed them.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
I had been in some expectation of the trail bettering itself, but indeed it appeared at every step to grow more hopelessly terrible.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Paul tried to follow him on paper, but the task was hopeless.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
It was nine o'clock at night, that the hopelessness of the task became evident.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Concerned less with the hopeless drudgery, and more with the epic side of western life, I found myself almost popular.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

It is not that I love you less
Than when before your feet I lay,
But to prevent the sad increase
Of hopeless love, I keep away.
"The Self Banished" by Edmund Waller
And then we turn, thou sadder sage,
To thee! we feel thy spell!
--The hopeless tangle of our age,
Thou too hast scanned it well!
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Is she thinking of some high perch
Of freedom, and lofty flight?
You smile; oh, little wild bird,
You are hopelessly bound to-night!
"Home" by Marietta Holley
Come to me in my dreams, and then
By day I shall be well again!
For so the night will more than pay
The hopeless longing of the day.
"Longing" by Matthew Arnold
For hopeless Sorrow hails the lapse of Time,
Rejoicing when the fading orb of day
Is sunk again in night,
That one day more is gone.
"Ode Written On The First Of January" by Robert Southey
He searched and searched, while down the skies
Went slow the slanting sun.
At length he lifted hopeless eyes,
And day was nearly done!
"The Golden Key" by George MacDonald

In news:

Already Desperate, Haitian Farmers Are Left Hopeless After Storm.
Who Says I'm Not A Hopeless Romantic.
Group says hunt for warlord Kony hopeless without more troops, increased American involvement.
Big Ten title odds slim, but Spartans not hopeless after Wisconsin win: 'Who knows what can happen'.
Obama, America's first hopeless candidate.
INTERVIEWS Bat for Lashes' Rihanna Cover Makes 'We Found Love' Even More Hopeless .
Labeling a School ' Hopeless ' Isn't the Answer.
Walking away after a hopeless impasse.
Cable to return in Marvel NOW series "Cable and X-Force" by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larocca.
While his sample size was small and he agrees that it's not easy to prove undue hardship and personal hopelessness , his assessment of bankruptcy data suggests that as many as 69,000 more people each year ought to try to make a case.
Kathryn Preston, a federal bankruptcy judge in the southern district of Ohio, tried to assess Mr Wallace's hopelessness by pointing to expert testimony that blindness does not necessarily lead to an inability to ever work again.
The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math.
Intel Calls EU Case for $1.3 Billion Fine 'Utterly Hopeless .
Hopeless New Year's Resolutions.
Somalis face 'a hopeless situation'.

In science:

Since only low-N theories would stand a chance of passing the constraint, computing S would be hopeless.
The fifth dimension as an analogue computer for strong interactions at the LHC
Even if the effect is large, observation of the effect is clearly hopeless in the near future.
Neutrino Experiments
PT is certainly responsible for the revival and solution of problems considered by many as hopeless.
Perturbation Theory
It seems hopeless to split the phase space into regions that are dedicated to a given method.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
In this range of parameters, it seems hopeless to compute (or even approximate) the local squared-sum test.
Detecting Positive Correlations in a Multivariate Sample