Definition of hopelessly in US English:

hopelessly

adverb

  • 1In a way that shows or causes despair.

    ‘she sighed hopelessly’
    • ‘Arm outstretched hopelessly, I stand trying to flag down packed, battered buses as they groan past, belching suffocating fumes.’
    • ‘And we know he goes to Mass, frequently and hopelessly, lingering afterwards for an angry, ongoing dialogue with his patient priest (Brian O'Byrne).’
    • ‘I was caught hopelessly between the present and the past; an inward struggle with no winners.’
    • ‘And Casey has shown that the Tigers can go head-to-head with the Hawthorn board and beat it hopelessly.’
    • ‘And as I watched that final, trying hopelessly not to cry, consumed with indignant anger, my reality television bubble burst.’
    • ‘It had started to rain, and poor Elizabeth looked like a dejected soul as she fumbled hopelessly in her bag for keys.’
    • ‘And all this time Adam looked at his brother as the condemned look hopelessly and puzzled at the executioner.’
    despairingly, without hope, in despair, in anguish, in distress, desperately, dejectedly, downheartedly, despondently, disconsolately, wretchedly, miserably, forlornly, resignedly, pessimistically
    utterly, completely, irretrievably, impossibly
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  • 2as submodifier Used to emphasize that a situation is beyond hope of improvement; irredeemably.

    ‘before long, he was hopelessly lost’
    ‘she is hopelessly in love with him’
    • ‘At first glance, a position espousing a spiritual orientation to all disease seems hopelessly at odds with Western medicine.’
    • ‘We live lives that are hopelessly broken, and we know it.’
    • ‘Many times different versions of news appear to be hopelessly contradictory with each other.’
    • ‘For example, Europe is, under present circumstances, hopelessly bankrupt.’
    • ‘The words will surely land just this side of being hopelessly crass.’
    • ‘The British Academy is still hopelessly reluctant at giving pop hits like Mamma Mia!’
    • ‘Once that talentless show was cancelled, Barris saw his life spin hopelessly out of control.’
    • ‘However, this simplicity is purchased at the cost of making the desert bases themselves hopelessly complicated.’
    • ‘The current global financial system is presently hopelessly bankrupt, says LaRouche.’
    • ‘If the applause is muted, it is because the opposition has been so wretched, so hopelessly windblown too.’
    • ‘Ben had the hopelessly innocent face of a young man on his first day in a new job.’
    • ‘The bulk of the adult population still farms tiny plots of hopelessly unproductive land in grinding poverty.’
    • ‘The institutional church has become hopelessly corporate, hopelessly tangled in a web of secularism.’
    • ‘In the world of Overtime, the planet Earth is hopelessly overcrowded.’
    • ‘The revolutionaries, hopelessly outnumbered, were forced to surrender.’
    • ‘Now, that post-1971 monetary-financial system is hopelessly bankrupt.’
    • ‘The world monetary-financial system is, presently, hopelessly doomed.’
    • ‘I turned my attention back to the ute, which was hopelessly bogged in thick black mud.’
    • ‘Such a politics of identity seems hopelessly bound to an ideal and a set of differences that it both rejects and depends on.’
    • ‘The lightly armed Rangers were hopelessly overmatched; they were slaughtered.’

Pronunciation

hopelessly

/ˈhoʊpləsli//ˈhōpləslē/