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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.
  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