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English adjective: hopeless

1. hopeless without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success


SamplesIn an agony of hopeless grief.
With a hopeless sigh he sat down.


Similarabject, black, bleak, despairing, desperate, despondent, dim, forlorn, futureless, heartsick, helpless, insoluble, lost, unhopeful


See alsodiscouraging, impossible, pessimistic


Antonymshopeful

2. hopeless of a person unable to do something skillfully


SamplesI'm hopeless at mathematics.


Similarunskilled


Antonymsskilled

3. hopeless certain to fail


SamplesThe situation is hopeless.


Similarimpossible


Antonymspossible

4. hopeless (informal to emphasize how bad it is) beyond hope of management or reform


SamplesShe handed me a hopeless jumble of papers.
He is a hopeless romantic.


Similarbad


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsgood









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