god·​for·​sak·​en ˈgäd-fər-ˌsā-kən How to pronounce godforsaken (audio)
: neglected and miserable in appearance or circumstances

Examples of godforsaken in a Sentence

Who would want to visit such a godforsaken place? grew up in the kind of godforsaken town in which everyone drank in order to forget that they were there
Recent Examples on the Web First, the company claims credit for turning central Florida from a godforsaken wasteland into a thriving economic engine for the entire state. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2023 Both are talented musicians, although Christina gave up her career as a concert pianist to raise her two daughters (the second one, Louise, is played by India Hair), settling down in a godforsaken corner of Switzerland to teach music at home, and clearly regretting every minute of it. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 The plight of the hundred or more people whose homes are, at best, a tent on this godforsaken patch of South Dallas — less than a mile from bright and shiny downtown — is one of daily misery. Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2022 Deep down part of me hoped that this godforsaken place would burn to the ground — after all the prisoners had escaped, of course. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, CNN, 24 Oct. 2022 This game, this godforsaken 20-20 tie, was two bad teams racing to the bottom and getting there at the same time. Gregg Doyel, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2022 It’s a mode of have-it-all eclecticism that is frequently redolent of the wishful artists’ statements that art schools require their students to write—a godforsaken prose genre that is, at best, wholesomely cynical. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Erin and their two young children are none too happy about idling while awaiting repairs at a godforsaken motel in the middle of nowhere with an empty pool and the only place to eat a dismal Subway restaurant. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 Ballylough, a godforsaken spot of near-perpetual rain. Alissa Simon, Variety, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of godforsaken was in 1778

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“Godforsaken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godforsaken. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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god·​for·​sak·​en -fər-ˌsā-kən How to pronounce godforsaken (audio)
: remote entry 1 sense 1, desolate
the most godforsaken place in the world
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