Definition of hopelessly in English:

hopelessly

adverb

  • 1In a way that shows or causes despair.

    ‘she sighed hopelessly’
    • ‘It had started to rain, and poor Elizabeth looked like a dejected soul as she fumbled hopelessly in her bag for keys.’
    • ‘And Casey has shown that the Tigers can go head-to-head with the Hawthorn board and beat it hopelessly.’
    • ‘Arm outstretched hopelessly, I stand trying to flag down packed, battered buses as they groan past, belching suffocating fumes.’
    • ‘And all this time Adam looked at his brother as the condemned look hopelessly and puzzled at the executioner.’
    • ‘And as I watched that final, trying hopelessly not to cry, consumed with indignant anger, my reality television bubble burst.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The institutional church has become hopelessly corporate, hopelessly tangled in a web of secularism.’
    • ‘Once that talentless show was cancelled, Barris saw his life spin hopelessly out of control.’
    • ‘Ben had the hopelessly innocent face of a young man on his first day in a new job.’
    • ‘The lightly armed Rangers were hopelessly overmatched; they were slaughtered.’
    • ‘The world monetary-financial system is, presently, hopelessly doomed.’
    • ‘Such a politics of identity seems hopelessly bound to an ideal and a set of differences that it both rejects and depends on.’
    • ‘Now, that post-1971 monetary-financial system is hopelessly bankrupt.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘In the world of Overtime, the planet Earth is hopelessly overcrowded.’
    • ‘The bulk of the adult population still farms tiny plots of hopelessly unproductive land in grinding poverty.’
    • ‘The current global financial system is presently hopelessly bankrupt, says LaRouche.’
    • ‘Many times different versions of news appear to be hopelessly contradictory with each other.’
    • ‘If the applause is muted, it is because the opposition has been so wretched, so hopelessly windblown too.’
    • ‘At first glance, a position espousing a spiritual orientation to all disease seems hopelessly at odds with Western medicine.’
    • ‘I turned my attention back to the ute, which was hopelessly bogged in thick black mud.’
    • ‘We live lives that are hopelessly broken, and we know it.’
    • ‘However, this simplicity is purchased at the cost of making the desert bases themselves hopelessly complicated.’
    • ‘The revolutionaries, hopelessly outnumbered, were forced to surrender.’

Pronunciation

hopelessly

/ˈhoʊpləsli//ˈhōpləslē/