from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an unhopeful manner; without hope; hopelessly.


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  • After she was elected, Trent Lott, the Republican leader at the time, voiced a widespread sentiment — held by more than just Republicans — when he mused, not unhopefully, that lightning might strike her before she arrived.

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  • This is something prepared before against Lebanon and I think they are now doing a big thing but unhopefully the U.S. government is totally with them.

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  • He was inclined to speak unhopefully of the international plans for universal peace, which were being agitated rather persistently.

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  • 'I suppose,' I said unhopefully, 'that you couldn't run a tape on it that was recorded on a Grantley?'

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  • 'Of course, we've got ten minutes yet,' he finished unhopefully, 'if the message should arrive before they raise ship, the Captain could still put us aground at the last minute.

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  • She looked round as she spoke, nervously and yet not entirely unhopefully.

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  • He regarded his frayed sleeves and his wrinkled black trousers unhopefully.

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  • "_Must_ we read the chapters?" said Hugh John, unhopefully.

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  • Ellen felt pleased at her own acumen in discovering the various fraudulent designs of this hat, and at the back of her mind she wondered not unhopefully if this meant that she too would be clever about clothes.

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  • Joe said unhopefully: "I'm sure Sally'd be glad if you came with us."

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