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Filled with despondency; dejected
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  1. Filled with despondency; dejected
  2. Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.
Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless:
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  1. Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless:
  2. Feeling, expressing, or caused by despair; hopeless.
  3. Feeling or showing despair; hopeless
Extremely intense:
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  1. Extremely intense:
  2. Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
  3. Nearly hopeless; critical:
Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned:
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  1. Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned:
  2. Without hope; desperate
  3. Lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected
Seeming beyond consolation; extremely dejected:
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  1. Seeming beyond consolation; extremely dejected:
  2. So unhappy that nothing will comfort; inconsolable; dejected
  3. Causing or suggesting dejection; cheerless
Feeling or characterized by sadness or dejection.
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  1. Feeling or characterized by sadness or dejection.
  2. Unhappy, and blaming oneself rather than others; despondent
  3. Gloomy; dejected; sad
In low spirits; depressed; disheartened
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  1. In low spirits; depressed; disheartened
  2. Sad and dispirited.
Causing or tending to cause sadness or gloom:
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  1. Causing or tending to cause sadness or gloom:
  2. Feeling, showing, or expressing depression of the spirits; sad or dejected.
  3. Sad and depressed; gloomy
Marked by pessimism and little hopefulness.
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  1. Marked by pessimism and little hopefulness.
  2. Of or characterized by pessimism; expecting the worst
  3. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) Always expecting the worst.
(Medicine, rare) like the actions of a snarling dog.
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  1. (Medicine, rare) like the actions of a snarling dog.
  2. Concerned only with one's own interests and disregarding accepted standards to achieve them: A cynical fool
  3. Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others:
Lacking vigor or purpose; inept or ineffective
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  1. Lacking vigor or purpose; inept or ineffective
  2. Having no useful result; ineffectual:
  3. That could not succeed; useless; vain
Regrettable; deplorable:
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  1. Regrettable; deplorable:
  2. Characterized by, bringing, or causing misfortune:
  3. Bringing, or coming by, bad luck; unfavorable
  1. Presenting a threat; menacing; frightening.
  2. Causing the feeling that one's power, social standing, or self-esteem is in danger of being diminished:
  3. Gving warning signs of bad weather:
Full of or exhibiting faults or errors:
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  1. Full of or exhibiting faults or errors:
  2. Being so far behind in repayment as to be considered a loss:
  3. Not working properly; defective:
Wicked, evil, or dishonest, esp. in some dark, mysterious way
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  1. Wicked, evil, or dishonest, esp. in some dark, mysterious way
  2. Threatening harm, evil, or misfortune; ominous; portentous
  3. Causing or intending harm or evil; wicked:
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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  1. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
  2. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
Impossible to retract or revoke:
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  1. Impossible to retract or revoke:
  2. That cannot be revoked, recalled, or undone; unalterable
That cannot be reformed, saved, salvaged, etc.; hopeless
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  1. That cannot be reformed, saved, salvaged, etc.; hopeless
  2. Impossible to redeem or reform:
  3. (Finance, of debts, currency, etc.) Not able to be cancelled by a payment or converted to another form of currency or financial instrument, especially one considered more secure or reliable.
Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable:
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  1. Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable:
  2. Not curable; that cannot be remedied or corrected
  3. Incapable of being altered, as in disposition or habits:
Not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable; as, an irretrievable loss.
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  1. Not retrievable; irrecoverable; irreparable; as, an irretrievable loss.
  2. Difficult or impossible to retrieve or recover:
  3. That cannot be retrieved, recovered, restored, or recalled
Having no real value or significance; worthless, empty, idle, hollow, etc.
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  1. Having no real value or significance; worthless, empty, idle, hollow, etc.
  2. Lacking substance or worth:
  3. Without force or effect; futile, fruitless, unprofitable, unavailing, etc.
That cannot be turned inside out, run backward, etc.
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  1. That cannot be turned inside out, run backward, etc.
  2. (Thermodynamics) Incapable of being reversed to the original state without consumption of free energy and increase of entropy.
  3. Incapable of being reversed or turned about or back; incapable of being made to run backward.
Not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied, etc.
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  1. Not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied, etc.
  2. Impossible to repair, rectify, or amend:
That cannot be reclaimed
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  1. That cannot be reclaimed
  2. Impossible to reclaim; being such that reclamation is precluded:
That cannot be recovered, rectified, or remedied; irretrievable
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  1. That cannot be recovered, rectified, or remedied; irretrievable
  2. Impossible to recover; irreparable:
Not capable of being carried out in practice
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  1. Not capable of being carried out in practice
  2. (Archaic) Not capable of being managed or dealt with; intractable
  3. Impossible to do or carry out:
Causing misfortune; unlucky
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  1. Causing misfortune; unlucky
  2. Having or certain to have an evil fate or unlucky end
  3. Unlucky; doomed.
Extremely bad; terrible:
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  1. Extremely bad; terrible:
  2. Accompanied by or causing distress or disaster; calamitous.
  3. Of the nature of a disaster; causing great harm, damage, etc.; calamitous
Ominous.
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  1. Ominous.
  2. Characterized by foreboding
Having or showing opposition; adverse:
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  1. Having or showing opposition; adverse:
  2. Disadvantageous, adverse, unsuitable, inconducive; serving to hinder or oppose.
  3. (Of wind or weather) Causing obstacles or delay; not conducive to travel or work; inclement.
Drawing to an end; declining:
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  1. Drawing to an end; declining:
  2. Done or uttered just before death:
  3. Of or at the time of death
Relating to tragedy in a literary work.
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  1. Relating to tragedy in a literary work.
  2. Having the elements of tragedy; involving death, grief, or destruction:
  3. Like or characteristic of tragedy; bringing great harm, suffering, etc.; calamitous, disastrous, fatal, etc.
Concerning or determining one's fate:
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  1. Concerning or determining one's fate:
  2. Of decisive importance; fateful:
  3. Deadly, causing actual or metaphorical death; causing the undoing of a claim, assertion, or legal document (“a fatal flaw in the pleading”). See also fatal defect. Deadly, causing actual or metaphorical death; causing the undoing of a claim, assertion, or legal document (“a fatal flaw in the pleading”). See also fatal defect.
Extremely intense:
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  1. Extremely intense:
  2. Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
  3. Having lost all hope; despairing.
Incompetent, ineffective, or powerless
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  1. Incompetent, ineffective, or powerless
  2. Not able to help oneself; weak
  3. Impossible to control; involuntary:
Not availing; futile; ineffectual
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  1. Not availing; futile; ineffectual
  2. Not availing; ineffectual or useless:
No longer in existence; vanished or spent:
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  1. No longer in existence; vanished or spent:
  2. Having not been or unlikely to be won; unsuccessful:
  3. Completely involved or absorbed; rapt:
Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned:
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  1. Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned:
  2. Without hope; desperate
  3. Lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected
Not having a remedy; not capable of being remedied. [from 16th c.]
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  1. Not having a remedy; not capable of being remedied. [from 16th c.]
Given up; forsaken; deserted
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  1. Given up; forsaken; deserted
  2. (Geology) No longer being acted upon by the geologic forces that formed it.
  3. Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; immoral; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked; as, an abandoned villain. [First attested from 1350 to 1470]
Ruined; lost:
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  1. Ruined; lost:
  2. Missing or lost:
  3. Lost
Having nothing inside or on the surface; holding or containing nothing:
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  1. Having nothing inside or on the surface; holding or containing nothing:
  2. Not put to purposeful use; idle:
  3. Without meaning or force; insincere; vain
Disinclined to work or be active; lazy:
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  1. Disinclined to work or be active; lazy:
  2. Having no value, use, or significance; worthless; useless
  3. Being a period of time in which there is little or no activity:
Having no value; worthless.
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  1. Having no value; worthless.
  2. Of no value or use; worthless
Firmly rooted; ineradicable:
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  1. Firmly rooted; ineradicable:
  2. Difficult or impossible to control or manage:
  3. Not corrigible; that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed, esp. because firmly established, as a habit, or because set in bad habits, as a child
Having no use; unserviceable; worthless
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  1. Having no use; unserviceable; worthless
  2. Unhelpful, not useful; pointless (of an action).
  3. (Pejorative, of a person) good-for-nothing; not dependable.
Ineffectual; useless:
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  1. Ineffectual; useless:
  2. Failing to score a point:
  3. Without meaning, relevance, or force; senseless; inane
Low; despicable:
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  1. Low; despicable:
  2. Lacking worth; of no use or value.
  3. Without worth or merit; useless, valueless, etc.
Not surmountable; that cannot be passed over or overcome; insuperable
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  1. Not surmountable; that cannot be passed over or overcome; insuperable
  2. Impossible to surmount; insuperable:
Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless:
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  1. Characterized by or resulting from despair; hopeless:
  2. Feeling, expressing, or caused by despair; hopeless.
  3. Feeling or showing despair; hopeless
Extremely intense:
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  1. Extremely intense:
  2. Reckless or violent because of despair:
  3. Nearly hopeless; critical:
Filled with despondency; dejected
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  1. Filled with despondency; dejected
  2. Feeling or expressing despondency; dejected.
Nearly hopeless; desperate:
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  1. Nearly hopeless; desperate:
  2. Lonely and sad; unhappy and neglected
  3. Without hope; desperate
Not curable; that cannot be remedied or corrected
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  1. Not curable; that cannot be remedied or corrected
  2. Being such that a cure is impossible; not curable:
  3. Incapable of being altered, as in disposition or habits:
That cannot be remedied or corrected; incurable or irreparable
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  1. That cannot be remedied or corrected; incurable or irreparable
  2. Impossible to remedy, correct, or repair; incurable or irreparable:
  3. Unable to be remedied, cured, corrected or repaired; irreparable, incurable.
Not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied, etc.
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  1. Not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied, etc.
  2. Impossible to repair, rectify, or amend:

Synonym Study

  • Desperate implies such despair as makes one resort to extreme measures hunger makes men desperate
  • Despairing implies utter loss of hope and may suggest the extreme dejection that results the despairing lover spoke of suicide
  • Despondent implies a being in very low spirits because of a loss of hope and a sense of futility about continuing one's efforts her rejection of his proposal left him despondent
  • Hopeless means having no expectation of, or showing no sign of, a favorable outcome a hopeless situation
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