hopeless


hopeless
hope|less
S3 [ˈhəupləs US ˈhoup-] adj
1.) if something that you try to do is hopeless, there is no possibility of it being successful
We tried to stop the flames from spreading, but we knew it was hopeless.
Getting your work published often seems a hopeless task .
I kept on struggling forward, even though I knew it was hopeless .
2.) a hopeless situation is so bad that there is no chance of success or improvement
The situation is not as hopeless as it might seem.
the millions who live in hopeless poverty
3.) especially BrE informal very bad
I'm a hopeless cook.
hopeless at (doing) sth
My brother was always pretty hopeless at ball games.
hopeless with
I'm hopeless with machinery.
I've got a hopeless memory.
The public transport system was absolutely hopeless.
4.) feeling no hope
I began to feel lonely and hopeless.
5.) used, often humorously, to say that someone's bad behaviour cannot be changed
Oh, James, you really are a hopeless case (=it seems impossible to change your behaviour) !
hopeless romantic/materialist/drunk etc
She was a hopeless romantic, always convinced that one day she would meet the man of her dreams.
>hopelessness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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