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I'm looking for a word that means a desire/wish that is improbable to be fulfilled ( and you can not do anything to change it).

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  • hopeless, perhaps? – Barmar Jul 26 '15 at 6:19

"Pipe dream" encompasses the first requirement (that the word or phrase must define a desire or wish that is improbable to achieve), but I don't know that it fully satisfied your second component (that the desire or wish in question be intrinsically unattainable)

If you need a single word only, "chimera" means basically the same thing, but is probably less widely known.


I would use "yearning". In all examples I know, it has been used in the sense that it is a longing that carries the connotations of "intense", "unsatisfied", "never to be satisfied" or "very unlikely to be satisfied".

  • Thanks for your answer and reminding me of the beautiful word yearning. – piyush_sao Jul 26 '15 at 19:55

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