helplessness


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Synonyms for helplessness

Synonyms for helplessness

the condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything

Synonyms for helplessness

powerlessness revealed by an inability to act

the state of needing help from something

a feeling of being unable to manage

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It was the sense of his helplessness that sharpened his antipathy.
The man shuddered as he meditated upon the awful gravity, the fearful helplessness, of their situation.
Whether he noticed the look of terror with which Pierre regarded that lifeless arm, or whether some other thought flitted across his dying brain, at any rate he glanced at the refractory arm, at Pierre's terror-stricken face, and again at the arm, and on his face a feeble, piteous smile appeared, quite out of keeping with his features, that seemed to deride his own helplessness.
Lydgate pausing and looking at her began to feel that half-maddening sense of helplessness which comes over passionate people when their passion is met by an innocent-looking silence whose meek victimized air seems to put them in the wrong, and at last infects even the justest indignation with a doubt of its justice.
There is a noble and lofty pathos in the close of Caponsacchi's statement, an artless and manly break from his self-control throughout, that seems to me the last possible effect in its kind; and Pompilia's story holds all of womanhood in it, the purity, the passion, the tenderness, the helplessness.
It was your own virtue, Jane, rather even than your helplessness which awakened for an instant the latent decency of this degraded man.
Virginia Maxon was almost frantic with despair as the utter helplessness of her position grew upon her.
I realized the helplessness of my situation, and crouched trembling in the nest.
And, wanting Skipper, in his helplessness and youngness in experience of the world, he whimpered and cried his heart out across the companion combing, and was too clean and direct in his sorrow to be deflected by an outburst of anger against the niggers, on deck and below, who chuckled at him and derided him.
Michael's wrath was as superlative as was his helplessness.
He hated the chain that bound him, the men who peered in at him through the slats of the pen, the dogs that accompanied the men and that snarled malignantly at him in his helplessness.
When I had done, the poor girl, in the extremity of her forlornness and distress, forgot all the little maidenly conventionalities and young-lady-like restraints of everyday life--and, in a burst of natural grief and honest confiding helplessness, hid her face on my bosom, and cried there as if she were a child again, and I was the mother to whom she had been used to look for comfort.
If she shrank at that miserable moment, it was not from her design--it was from the sense of her own helplessness.
My helplessness was coming on so rapidly that my reeling brain told me I would go down and out and never reach the train if I remained at the rear of the procession.
My rising anger swept away my temporary helplessness.