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for·lorn

 (fər-lôrn′, fôr-)
adj.
1.
a. Abandoned, deserted, or desolate: "my high school chums ... enjoying cider and doughnuts ... while I was trapped up on that forlorn mountain" (Howard Frank Mosher).
b. Sad or lonely, especially from being deserted or abandoned: "waved them goodbye from the door like forlorn parents waving off a honeymoon couple" (Anne Bartlett).
c. Suggesting or characterized by sadness or loneliness: the forlorn whistle of a train in the night.
d. Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition: people living in forlorn shacks.
2. Bereft or deprived: forlorn of all hope.
3. Nearly hopeless; desperate: a forlorn acknowledgment of failure.

[Middle English forloren, past participle of forlesen, to abandon, from Old English forlēosan; see leu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

for·lorn′ly adv.
for·lorn′ness n.

forlorn

(fəˈlɔːn)
adj
1. miserable, wretched, or cheerless; desolate
2. deserted; forsaken
3. (foll by: of) destitute; bereft: forlorn of hope.
4. desperate: the last forlorn attempt.
[Old English forloren lost, from forlēosan to lose; related to Old Saxon farliosan, Gothic fraliusan, Greek luein to release]
forˈlornly adv
forˈlornness n

for•lorn

(fɔrˈlɔrn)

adj.
1. miserable, as in condition or appearance; dreary; wretched.
2. lonely and sad; forsaken; desolate.
3. expressive of hopelessness; despairing: forlorn glances.
4. bereft; destitute: forlorn of comfort.
[before 1150; Middle English forlesen to forfeit, desert, Old English forlēosan. See for-, lose]
for•lorn′ly, adv.
for•lorn′ness, n.
lonely, lonesome, forlorn, desolate - Lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship, while lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness; forlorn and desolate are even more isolated and sad.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.forlorn - marked by or showing hopelessness; "the last forlorn attempt"; "a forlorn cause"
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"

forlorn

adjective
2. abandoned, deserted, ruined, bleak, dreary, desolate, godforsaken, waste The once glorious palaces stood empty and forlorn.
3. hopeless, useless, vain, pointless, futile, no-win, unattainable, impracticable, unachievable, impossible, not having a prayer a forlorn effort to keep from losing my mind

forlorn

adjective
1. Dejected due to the awareness of being alone:
2. Having been given up and left alone:
4. Having lost all hope:
Translations
مَحْروم، بائِس، يائِس
opuštěnýpolitováníhodnýsmutný
ene og forladtynkelig
einn og yfirgefinn; dapur
nelaimīgspamestsvientuļš

forlorn

[fəˈlɔːn] ADJ [person] → triste, melancólico; (= deserted) [cottage] → abandonado; (= desperate) [attempt] → desesperado
to look forlorntener aspecto triste
why so forlorn?¿por qué tan triste?
a forlorn hopeuna vana esperanza

forlorn

[fɔːrˈlɔːrn] adj
(= lonely) [person] → abandonné(e), délaissé(e)
(= abandoned) [place] → abandonné(e)
[hope, attempt] → vain(e)

forlorn

adj
(= desolate)verlassen; (= miserable)trostlos; forlorn appearance (of house etc)desolates or trostloses Aussehen; a forlorn figureeine einsame Gestalt; her voice sounded forlornihre Stimme klang einsam und verlassen; the palaces stood empty and forlorndie Paläste standen leer und verlassen da
(= despairing) attempt, effortverzweifelt; it is a forlorn hopees ist ziemlich aussichtslos, es ist eine ziemlich aussichtslose Sache; in the forlorn hope of success/of finding a better lifein der verzweifelten Hoffnung auf Erfolg/ein besseres Leben

forlorn

[fəˈlɔːn] adj (person) → sconsolato/a; (deserted, place, house) → abbandonato/a; (desperate, attempt) → disperato/a
a forlorn hope → una speranza vana

forlorn

(fəˈloːn) adjective
pitiful; unhappy because left alone. She seems rather forlorn since he left.
forˈlornly adverb
References in classic literature ?
One forlorn fragment of dollanity had belonged to Jo and, having led a tempestuous life, was left a wreck in the rag bag, from which dreary poorhouse it was rescued by Beth and taken to her refuge.
Altogether, the appearance of the individual was forlorn and miserable.
No lady, now, but simply Hepzibah Pyncheon, a forlorn old maid, and keeper of a cent-shop!
Finally, little heroic as he was, it seemed more decorous to be overthrown in the downfall of the party with which he had been content to stand than to remain a forlorn survivor, when so many worthier men were falling: and at last, after subsisting for four years on the mercy of a hostile administration, to be compelled then to define his position anew, and claim the yet more humiliating mercy of a friendly one.
Moving on, I at last came to a dim sort of light not far from the docks, and heard a forlorn creaking in the air; and looking up, saw a swinging sign over the door with a white painting upon it, faintly representing a tall straight jet of misty spray, and these words underneath -- The Spouter-Inn: --Peter Coffin.
He and his family, helpless women and children, struggling to live, ignorant and defenseless and forlorn as they were--and the enemies that had been lurking for them, crouching upon their trail and thirsting for their blood
I'm a poor, miserable, forlorn drudge; I shall only drag you down with me, that's all.
Yes, I seemed to have flown back out of that age into this of ours, and then forward to it again, and was set down, a stranger and forlorn in that strange England, with an abyss of thirteen centuries yawning between me and you
I was a forlorn old tree, but now that this blossoming vine has wound itself about me and become the life of my life, it is very different.
I laid it, all lonely and forlorn, in the center of the vast solitude of his palm.
I am the lineal descendant of that infant -- I am the rightful Duke of Bridgewater; and here am I, forlorn, torn from my high estate, hunted of men, despised by the cold world, ragged, worn, heart-broken, and degraded to the companion- ship of felons on a raft
He dragged himself upstairs, and brooded in his room a long time, disconsolate and forlorn, with Luigi's Indian knife for a text.