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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
3. Prospective Affections
 
859. [Absence, Want, or Loss of Hope.] Hopelessness.
 
  
NOUN:HOPELESSNESS &c. adj.; despair, desperation; despondency (dejection) [See Dejection]; pessimism.
  hope deferred, dashed hopes; vain expectation (disappointment) [See Disappointment].
  airy hopes [See Hope]; bad -job, - business; gloomy -, clouds on the -, black spots in the- horizon; dark future; slough of Despond, cave of Despair; immedicabile vulnus [L.].
  FORLORN HOPE, enfant perdu (pl. enfants perdus) [F.]; goner [slang]; gone -case, - coon [slang, U. S.].
  PESSIMIST, Job’s comforter; hypochondriac [See Dejection]; bird of bad omen, bird of ill omen.
  
VERB:DESPAIR; lose -, give up -, abandon -, relinquish- -all hope, - the hope of; give up, give over; yield to despair; falter; despond &c. (be dejected) [See Dejection]; jeter le manche après la cognée [F.].
  shatter one’s hopes; inspire -, drive to- despair &c. n.; disconcert; dash -, crush -, destroy- one’s hopes; dash the cup from one’s lips; undermine one’s foundation; take away one’s last hope.
  
ADJECTIVE:HOPELESS, desperate, despairing, gone, in despair, au désespoir [F.], forlorn; inconsolable (dejected) [See Dejection]; broken-hearted.
  out of the question, not to be thought of; impracticable [See Impossibility]; past -hope, - cure, - mending, - recall; at one’s last gasp (death) [See Death]; given up, given over.
  UNDONE, ruined; incurable, cureless, immedicable, remediless, beyond remedy; incorrigible; irreparable, irremediable, irrecoverable, irreversible, irretrievable, irreclaimable, irredeemable, irrevocable, immitigable.
  UNPROPITIOUS, unpromising, inauspicious, ill-omened, threatening, clouded over, lowering, ominous.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch’ entrate.—Dante
  2. Its days are numbered.
  3. The worst come to the worst.
  4. No change, no pause, no hope, yet I endure.—Shelley
  5. O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon.—Milton

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