Hopeless Hope"less, a. 1. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing. [1913 Webster]

I am a woman, friendless, hopeless. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause. [1913 Webster]

The hopelessword of ``never to return'' Breathe I against thee, upon pain of life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Unhoped for; despaired of. [Obs.] --Marston. -- {Hope"less*ly}, adv. -- {Hope"less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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