What is the opposite of hopeful?

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Adjective
Opposite of feeling, or wanting to feel, optimism about a future event
“When Haldeman came in that afternoon, he was pessimistic about Magruder's chances of not being indicted.”
Adjective
Opposite of inspiring or feeling hope and optimism
“He stayed several months longer than his father had expected, and when he returned home there was yet another discouraging conversation about his future.”
Adjective
Opposite of having or holding out hope of reaching one's ambition
“They sat with the boy at their kitchen and listened patiently to the woes of this indolent, apathetic young man who had been brought up with all the advantages of a rich child.”
Adjective
Opposite of happy and cheerful
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Adjective
Opposite of displaying what is likely to develop in a desirable or successful way
“All he has shown thus far is that he will be a questionable asset to this company.”
Adjective
Opposite of characterized by a good or happy sentiment
“The spiritual journey is fraught with danger, full of unexpected twists, at times deeply discouraging, at times exhilarating.”
Adjective
Opposite of denotes a constructive or productive feeling
“As a result of their unproductive response, we were unable to attain the information required to proceed.”
Adjective
Opposite of idealistic, especially to the point of being unrealistic
“The pair are known as pragmatic, hard-nosed businessmen, and they are thought to have little sentimental attachment to the club.”
Adjective
Opposite of now used chiefly of egg-laying animals, or metaphorically
Adjective
Opposite of strongly wanting to do or have something
“The unenthusiastic response to conventional arts and science courses is a pointer to the lackluster job opportunities available for such courses.”
Adjective
Opposite of having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed
“He maintained that last-borns are often spoiled and lazy because they don't have younger siblings challenging them.”
Adjective
Opposite of having potential
“Also, it's unlikely that the reports are exactly the same. Subtle variances can make a difference.”
Adjective
Opposite of having or characterized by desire
Noun
Opposite of one who aspires to a position, office or award
“His patron, Robert of Gloucester, was the illegitimate son of Henry I and thus a noncontender for the throne.”
Noun
Opposite of one who applies for something
Noun
Opposite of amateur
Noun
Opposite of specifically, a person who plays a game, especially one on a TV game show
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