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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hope·less, a.
 1. Destitute of hope; having no expectation of good; despairing.
    I am a woman, friendless, hopeless.   --Shak.
 2. Giving no ground of hope; promising nothing desirable; desperate; as, a hopeless cause.
 The hopelessword of “never to return”
 Breathe I against thee, upon pain of life.   --Shak.
 3. Unhoped for; despaired of. [Obs.]
 -- Hope*less*ly, adv. -- Hope*less*ness, n.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 hopelessness
      n : the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort
          or success [ant: hopefulness]