a cause that has been defeated or whose defeat is inevitable.
a cause with no chance of success
A hopeless or worthless pursuit; a person or thing that can no longer hope to succeed or be changed for the better: tried to reform her, but she is a lost cause
A hopeless undertaking, as in Trying to get him to quit smoking is a lost cause. In the 1860s this expression was widely used to describe the Confederacy. [ Mid-1800s ]
Also see: losing battle
noun, American History. 1. a settlement of British colonists whom Walter Raleigh sent to Roanoke Island (now part of North Carolina) in 1587 and of whom no trace was found after 1591.
[laws tey-kes, los; Spanish laws te-kes] /lɔs ˈteɪ kɛs, lɒs; Spanish lɔs ˈtɛ kɛs/ noun 1. a city in N Venezuela, SW of Caracas.
noun 1. the generation of men and women who came of age during or immediately following World War I: viewed, as a result of their war experiences and the social upheaval of the time, as cynical, disillusioned, and without cultural or emotional stability. 2. a group of American writers of this generation, including Ernest Hemingway, […]
- Lost in the noise
Synonym lost in the underflow. This term is from signal processing, where signals of very small amplitude cannot be separated from low-intensity noise in the system. Though popular among hackers, it is not confined to hackerdom; physicists, engineers, astronomers, and statisticians all use it. [Jargon File]