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  • adv. In a manner showing no hope

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a hopeless manner; without hope; utterly; irretrievably.

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

  • adv. in a dispirited manner without hope
  • adv. in a hopeless manner
  • adv. without hope; desperate because there seems no possibility of comfort or success


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hopeless +‎ -ly


  • IT WAS SO PATHETIC! but that's what you call hopelessly romantic?

    old notes and old loves

  • Republicans want to repeal what they call a hopelessly flawed plan. - News

  • For who would use a term hopelessly tinged with religious dogmas and prejudices in order to refer to what is more accurately described as ignorance, fear, illness, or pathology?

    Everyday Citizen

  • As with every spring, the rains fall, the sun shines, and I remain hopelessly inept as a gardener.

    Boing Boing

  • As I've often said about Orson Scott Bigot, it continues to astound me that a field so dedicated to open minds continues to attract so many folks whose minds remain hopelessly closed ... and proudly so, at that!

    TOC: The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF edited by Mike Ashley

  • Marketers remain hopelessly devoted to the medium.

    Google Will Save Us All

  • Again, though, I was a young, idealistic socialist who wanted all of my favorite bands to remain hopelessly independent of the corporate labels.

    Eef's Bitter Honey

  • In the same localities with the Bloodroot, though some days later, grows the Dog-Tooth Violet, -- a name hopelessly inappropriate, but likely never to be changed.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 62, December, 1862

  • The time of his birth is very, -- Spiegel says "hopelessly" -- dark.

    An Egyptian Princess — Volume 04

  • For one thing, there continues to be a risk that Iraq’s central government will remain hopelessly divided and ineffectual, which would make the possession of tanks essentially useless in preventing Iranian political domination.

    Matthew Yglesias » Gulf Stability and the New Iraq


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