One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Jess looked at him in mute hopeless appeal’
despairing, without hope, in despair, desperate, dejected, downhearted, despondent, demoralized, disconsolate, downcast, wretched, woebegone, forlorn, negative, pessimistic, defeatist, resigned
2‘she gave up on him as a hopeless case’
irremediable, beyond hope, lost, beyond remedy, beyond repair, beyond recovery, irreparable, irreversible, incorrigible, despaired of
past cure, incurable, grave, fatal, deadly
3‘although the situation was hopeless, they sent in more troops’
impossible, beyond hope, with no chance of success, useless, no-win, futile, unworkable, impracticable, forlorn, pointless, vain
archaic bootless, parlous
4‘Joseph was hopeless at school’
very bad, very poor, awful, terrible, dreadful, appalling, frightful, atrocious, inferior, incompetent, inadequate, ineffective
informal pathetic, useless, lousy, rotten, a dead loss, abysmal, dire
British informal duff, rubbish, a load of pants, unable to do something for toffee, unable to do something to save one's life
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