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Meaning of FORLORN

Pronunciation:  for'lorn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment; "desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn"
  2. [adj]  marked by or showing hopelessness; "the last forlorn attempt"; "a forlorn cause"

FORLORN is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: desolate, forsaken, godforsaken, hopeless, lorn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \For*lorn"\, a. [OE., p. p. of forlesen to lose utterly,
    AS. forle['o]san (p. p. forloren); pref. for- + le['o]san (in
    comp.) to lose; cf. D. verliezen to lose, G. verlieren, Sw.
    f["o]rlora, Dan. forloren, Goth. fraliusan to lose. See
    {For-}, and {Lorn}, a., {Lose}, v. t.]
    1. Deserted; abandoned; lost.
             Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn. --Spenser.
             Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
    2. Destitute; helpless; in pitiful plight; wretched;
       miserable; almost hopeless; desperate.
             For here forlorn and lost I tread.    --Goldsmith.
             The condition of the besieged in the mean time was
             forlorn in the extreme.               --Prescott.
             She cherished the forlorn hope that he was still
             living.                               --Thomson.
    {A forlorn hope} [D. verloren hoop, prop., a lost band or
       troop; verloren, p. p. of verliezen to lose + hoop band;
       akin to E. heap. See {For-}, and {Heap}.] (Mil.), a body
       of men (called in F. enfants perdus, in G. verlornen
       posten) selected, usually from volunteers, to attempt a
       breach, scale the wall of a fortress, or perform other
       extraordinarily perilous service; also, a desperate case
       or enterprise.
    Syn: Destitute, lost; abandoned; forsaken; solitary;
         helpless; friendless; hopeless; abject; wretched;
         miserable; pitiable.
  2. \For*lorn"\, n.
    1. A lost, forsaken, or solitary person.
             Forced to live in Scotland a forlorn. --Shak.
    2. A forlorn hope; a vanguard. [Obs.]
             Our forlorn of horse marched within a mile of the
             enemy.                                --Oliver
Thesaurus Terms
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