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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 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 ?
On the brilliantly lighted avenue he perceived the forlorn woman dodging about like a scout.
Meeting with Hodgkiss Misfortunes of the Nez Perces Schemes of Kosato, the renegado His foray into the Horse Prairie- Invasion of Black feet Blue John and his forlorn hope Their generous enterprise-Their fate-Consternation and despair of the village- Solemn obsequies -Attempt at Indian trade -Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly-Arrangements for autumn- Breaking up of an encampment.
I was received by a solemn man-servant out of livery, was informed that the family had retired for the night, and was then led into a large and lofty room where my supper was awaiting me, in a forlorn manner, at one extremity of a lonesome mahogany wilderness of dining-table.
We find him next, or rather get back to him, standing forlorn in the cold autumn rain at a suburban street corner in Blackburg; and it seems right to explain now that the raindrops falling upon him there were really not dark and gummy; they only failed to make his face and hands less so.
Meanwhile she lay on her bed with old Joanna at her side, for even in her wanderings she did not forget her forlorn protege.
By the involuntary effect of a genial temperament, Phoebe soon grew to be absolutely essential to the daily comfort, if not the daily life, of her two forlorn companions.
Wilson was elected, the twins were defeated--crushed, in fact, and left forlorn and substantially friendless.
He treated me, in my forlorn situation, with a delicacy and respect which I shall remember gratefully long after he has himself perhaps forgotten our meeting altogether.
He looks round in vain for the hunter; the whole landscape is lifeless and deserted: at length he perceives a thread of smoke, curling up from among the crags and cliffs, and scrambling to the place, finds some forlorn and skulking brood of Diggers, terrified at being discovered.
They have been scorched, it is true; like the survivors of forlorn hopes, they have by unthinkably miraculous ways come through the fight to marvel at the tally of the slain.
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.
When he got abroad at last he was hardly grateful that he had been spared, remem- bering how lonely was his estate, how companionless and forlorn he was.