Definitions

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  • n. the lack of hope; despair

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being hopeless; discouragement; despair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success

Etymologies

hopeless +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Wente acknowledges that suicide bombers like Aayat are driven to bombing by hopelessness and despair - but that this "hopelessness" is largely a creation of a culture that glorifies death and shoves the joy of "martyrdom" down the throats of the young.

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  • The bipartisan committment to hopelessness is thus ensured for another four years.

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  • What struck me most about I Am Legend was how it comprised a study in hopelessness and despair.

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  • Over 90% of what looks like hopelessness is just a recording that's paper thin, and right beyond it is them waiting to bust through.

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  • Still, I really wanted to feel a deeper sense of hopelessness from the diggers.

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  • At times, too, now, she almost bent before what seemed her fate, in hopelessness of escaping from it; and at those times she strove to accommodate herself to it, and tried to propitiate her captor.

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  • Bihar is a sun-bleached state of 90 million people in the east of India, and it has for decades been a byword for hopelessness.

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  • There are so many people who are defeated before they even start and this hopelessness is so embedded in, at least our culture here in the UK, that it’s hard not to think this way.

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  • Borne on these vectors and others, the notion has spread that our sorrows, our discontents, our unhappiness, and our hopelessness are the signs of a pervasive disease, until it the idea, not the disease has taken up residence in nearly all of us.

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  • Eventually, what fueled my hopelessness was the realization there was NO WAY to fully stamp out this kind of terrorism with force.

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