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hope·less

 (hōp′lĭs)
adj.
1.
a. Having no hope; despairing: lost hikers who felt hopeless.
b. Characterized by despair: hopeless resignation.
2.
a. Having no possibility of being solved or dealt with; impossible: a hopeless problem; a hopeless disease.
b. Having no hope or chance of changing or improving: a hopeless romantic; a hopeless procrastinator.

hope′less·ness n.
hope′less·ly adv.

hopeless

(ˈhəʊplɪs)
adj
1. having or offering no hope
2. impossible to analyse or solve
3. unable to learn, function, etc
4. informal without skill or ability
ˈhopelessly adv
ˈhopelessness n

hope•less

(ˈhoʊp lɪs)

adj.
1. providing no hope; beyond optimism or hope; desperate: a hopeless medical condition.
2. without hope; despairing: hopeless grief.
3. impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc: a hopeless misunderstanding.
4. not able to learn or act, perform, or work as desired; inadequate: The new clerk is hopeless with figures.
[1560–70]
hope′less•ly, adv.
hope′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.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"
discouraging - depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word"
pessimistic - expecting the worst possible outcome
impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"
hopeful - having or manifesting hope; "a line of people hopeful of obtaining tickets"; "found a hopeful way of attacking the problem"
2.hopeless - of a person unable to do something skillfully; "I'm hopeless at mathematics"
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"
3.hopeless - certain to fail; "the situation is hopeless"
impossible - not capable of occurring or being accomplished or dealt with; "an impossible dream"; "an impossible situation"
4.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"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"

hopeless

adjective
2. impossible, pointless, futile, useless, vain, forlorn, no-win, unattainable, impracticable, unachievable, not having a prayer I don't believe your situation is as hopeless as you think.
3. (Informal) no good, inadequate, useless (informal), poor, pants (informal), pathetic, inferior, incompetent, ineffectual I'd be hopeless at working for somebody else.
4. incurable, irreversible, irreparable, lost, helpless, irremediable, past remedy, remediless a hopeless mess
incurable curable, remediable

hopeless

adjective
1. Having lost all hope:
2. Offering no hope or expectation of improvement:
Translations
فاقِد الأمَلمَيؤوس مِنه، لا أمل في شفائِهميؤوس، مُتَعَذِّر، مُسْتَحيليَائِس
beznadějnýnemožný
håbløsuduelig
toivoton
beznadan
vonlaus
希望を失って
가망 없는
beznádejný
brezupenobupenzanič
hopplös
ไม่มีความหวัง
berbatbeş para etmezsonu karanlık/şüphelitedavisi/iyileşmesi olanaksızümitsiz
vô vọng

hopeless

[ˈhəʊplɪs] ADJ
1. (= impossible) [task] → imposible; [attempt] → vano; [cause] → perdido; [situation, position] → desesperado; [love] → imposible
his attempt to swim the river was hopeless from the beginningsu tentativa de cruzar el río a nado estaba condenada al fracaso desde el principio
it's hopeless!¡es inútil!
a hopeless case (= person) → un caso perdido
he's a hopeless case!es un caso perdido, no tiene remedio
the doctor says it is a hopeless caseel médico dice que no tiene salvación, el médico lo ha desahuciado
a hopeless drunkun borracho empedernido
to be (in) a hopeless mess or muddle [room] → estar hecho un desastre; [plans] → estar muy embrollado; [person] → estar hecho un lío
a hopeless romanticun romántico incorregible
2. (= despairing) [cry] → de desespración; [grief] → desesperado
to feel hopelesssentirse desesperanzado
she gave a hopeless sighsuspiró desesperada
3. (= not competent) he's completely hopelesses un inútil
she's a hopeless managercomo jefa es una nulidad or es penosa
the buses round here are hopelesslos autobuses de por aquí son un desastre
to be hopeless at (doing) sth: he's hopeless at footballes un desastre jugando al fútbol, es una nulidad para el fútbol
I was hopeless at schoolera un negado or una nulidad para los estudios
I'm hopeless at maths/cookingsoy un negado para las matemáticas/la cocina
I'd be hopeless at working for somebody elseyo no serviría para trabajar para otros

hopeless

[ˈhəʊpləs] adj
[situation] → désespéré(e)
to be a hopeless mess → être une pagaille épouvantable
(= without hope) [person] to feel hopeless → être désespéré(e)
(= useless) → nul(le)
to be hopeless at sth → être nul(le) en qch
I'm hopeless at maths → Je suis nul en maths.
to be hopeless at doing sth → être nul(le) quand il s'agit de faire qch
to be hopeless as sth → être nul(le) comme qch

hopeless

adj
(= impossible) love, attempt, task, causeaussichtslos; situation, casehoffnungslos; (= despairing) person, cry, sigh, gesture, lookverzweifelt; to feel hopelesskeine Hoffnung haben; pupils feel hopeless about job prospectsSchüler haben keine Hoffnung auf eine Stelle
(inf) (= useless, terrible)hoffnungslos; (= incorrigible) drunk, liar, romanticunverbesserlich; she’s a hopeless manager/organizerals Managerin/im Organisieren ist sie ein hoffnungsloser Fall; I’m hopeless at maths/sportin Mathe/Sport bin ich hoffnungslos or ein hoffnungsloser Fall; to be hopeless at doing somethingetw absolut or überhaupt nicht können; her room is in a hopeless muddle or messin ihrem Zimmer herrscht ein hoffnungsloses or heilloses Durcheinander; the buses are quite hopelessdie Busse kann man vergessen (inf); the weather/food was hopelessdas Wetter/Essen war unmöglich

hopeless

[ˈhəʊplɪs] adj (impossible, useless, situation) → impossibile; (outlook, case) → disperato/a, senza speranza; (drunkard) → incorreggibile, inguaribile; (bad, work) (fam) → disastroso/a
I'm hopeless at it (fam) → sono completamente negato per questo
it's hopeless trying to convince her → è perfettamente inutile or è fiato sprecato cercare di convincerla

hope

(həup) verb
to want something to happen and have some reason to believe that it will or might happen. He's very late, but we are still hoping he will come; I hope to be in London next month; We're hoping for some help from other people; It's unlikely that he'll come now, but we keep on hoping; `Do you think it will rain?' `I hope so/not'.
noun
1. (any reason or encouragement for) the state of feeling that what one wants will or might happen. He has lost all hope of becoming the president; He came to see me in the hope that I would help him; He has hopes of winning a scholarship; The rescuers said there was no hope of finding anyone alive in the mine.
2. a person, thing etc that one is relying on for help etc. He's my last hope – there is no-one else I can ask.
3. something hoped for. My hope is that he will get married and settle down soon.
ˈhopeful adjective
1. (negative unhopeful) full of hope. The police are hopeful that they will soon find the killer; hopeful faces; He is hopeful of success.
2. giving a reason or encouragement for hope. That's a hopeful sign – perhaps he is going to change his mind after all.
3. likely to be pleasant, successful etc. The future looks quite hopeful.
ˈhopefulness noun
ˈhopefully adverb
1. in a hopeful way. The dog looked hopefully at the joint of meat.
2. it is to be hoped that. Hopefully, that will never happen.
ˈhopeless adjective
1. not likely to be successful. It's hopeless to try to persuade him; a hopeless attempt; The future looks hopeless.
2. (with at) not good. I'm a hopeless housewife; He's hopeless at French.
3. unable to be stopped, cured etc. The doctors considered the patient's case hopeless; He's a hopeless liar/idiot.
ˈhopelessly adverb
ˈhopelessness noun
hope against hope
to continue hoping when there is no (longer any) reason for hope.
hope for the best
to hope that something will succeed, that nothing bad will happen etc.
not (have) a hope
(to be) completely unlikely (to succeed in something). He hasn't a hope of getting the job; `Will he get the job?' `Not a hope!'
raise someone's hopes
to cause someone to hope, usually when there is no good reason to.

hopeless

يَائِس beznadějný håbløs hoffnungslos απελπισμένος desesperado toivoton désespéré beznadan disperato 希望を失って 가망 없는 hopeloos håpløs beznadziejny sem esperança безнадежный hopplös ไม่มีความหวัง umutsuz vô vọng 无希望的

hopeless

adj sin esperanza, desesperado
References in classic literature ?
The case looked more and more hopeless the longer I viewed it, yet with a stubborn persistency I forged ahead toward the foothills.
To begin again after so long a time has passed is hopeless, sir--quite hopeless.
At last he grew so tired and hopeless that he threw down the bundle of sticks, and cried out: "I cannot bear this life any longer.
And now, my lord, that I see how hopeless the position of the king is, tell me with what you are charged on the part of my royal husband.
He sat on the step of his cabin and stared at the dog-musher, who responded with a shrug that was equally hopeless.
tho' that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,'Twere better than the dull reality Of waking life to him whose heart shall be, And hath been ever, on the chilly earth, A chaos of deep passion from his birth !
He tried to find some editorial work on the paper which had printed his reports, but every place was full, and it was hopeless to dream of getting a proprietary interest in it.
As the little expedition of sailors toiled through the dense jungle searching for signs of Jane Porter, the futility of their venture became more and more apparent, but the grief of the old man and the hopeless eyes of the young Englishman prevented the kind hearted D'Arnot from turning back.
Official work here was not the stiff, hopeless drudgery that it was in Moscow.
Our case looks rather hopeless," replied Carthoris ruefully.
Revenge was the ruling motive, and the members of the terroristic organizations were careless of their own lives and hopeless about the future.
He'll need somebody--a hopeless cripple, and stone deaf with that.