hopeless

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

hope +‎ -less, compare Swedish hopplös.

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hopeless (comparative more hopeless, superlative most hopeless)

  1. Without hope; despairing; not expecting anything positive.
  2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate.
    a hopeless cause
  3. Without talent, not skilled.
    He's a hopeless writer, but can draw very well.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[1]:
      " It is a pure waste of time." "Not at all," Malone answered. "It has ventilated an evil. There were reporters in court. Surely some of them have some sense. They will note the injustice." "Not they," said Mailey. "The Press is hopeless. My God, what a responsibility these people take on themselves, and how little they guess the price that each will pay! I know."
  4. (of an adverse condition) Incurable.
    She is a hopeless romantic.
    He is a hopeless idler.

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  • Nouns to which "hopeless" is often applied: case, situation, romantic, love, cause, person, despair, life, undertaking, alcoholic, man, endeavor, place, pain, agony, project.

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