Synonyms & Antonyms of forsake

to cause to remain behind
  • forsaking most of our possessions, we evacuated just before the hurricane struck

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How does the verb forsake contrast with its synonyms?

The words abandon and desert are common synonyms of forsake. While all three words mean "to leave without intending to return," forsake suggests an action more likely to bring impoverishment or bereavement to that which is forsaken than its exposure to physical dangers.

a forsaken lover

When would abandon be a good substitute for forsake?

While the synonyms abandon and forsake are close in meaning, abandon suggests that the thing or person left may be helpless without protection.

abandoned children

When might desert be a better fit than forsake?

The synonyms desert and forsake are sometimes interchangeable, but desert implies that the object left may be weakened but not destroyed by one's absence.

a deserted town

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The first known use of forsake was before the 12th century

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“Forsake.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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