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hopeless

hope·less

hopeless

 
pronunciation:
hop lihs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: giving no grounds to be hopeful that a desired thing will happen; beyond hope.
The doctors believed that his condition was hopeless, so his recovery was a surprise and a relief.Desperately outnumbered, it was a hopeless situation for the allied forces.This is hopeless; we have to figure out another way.
synonyms:
irremediable
antonyms:
hopeful
similar words:
critical, deadly, desperate, fatal, grave, incurable, intractable, irredeemable, remediless, serious, terminal
definition 2: without hope; despairing.
The hopeless victims of the hurricane could do nothing but wait.He felt hopeless for months after his wife's death.
synonyms:
despairing, disconsolate
antonyms:
hopeful, sanguine
similar words:
broken-hearted, dejected, depressed, desolate, desperate, despondent, forlorn, grief-stricken, inconsolable, melancholy, miserable, suicidal, wretched
definition 3: incapable of changing or improving.
He was hopeless as a waiter, and he got fired after two weeks.That man is a hopeless bigot.
synonyms:
futile, inadequate, incapable, incompetent, incurable, intractable, lousy, poor, unavailing, useless, vain
similar words:
fruitless, idle, impossible, ineffective, pointless, unattainable, unsuccessful
derivations: hopelessly (adv.), hopelessness (n.)
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The word hopeless contains the following part:
-less Middle English adjective-forming suffix that means without
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The suffix -less attaches primarily to monosyllabic English nouns. However, -less is a fully productive suffix, meaning it can be added to any noun to form legitimate new words.
synonyms:
a-1, an-1
antonyms:
-ful1