forlorn

adjective
for·​lorn | \ fər-ˈlȯrn How to pronounce forlorn (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forlorn

1a : bereft, forsaken left quite forlorn of hope
b : sad and lonely because of isolation or desertion : desolate a forlorn landscape
2 : being in poor condition : miserable, wretched forlorn tumbledown buildings
3 : nearly hopeless a forlorn attempt

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Other Words from forlorn

forlornly adverb
forlornness \ fər-​ˈlȯrn-​nəs How to pronounce forlorn (audio) , fȯr-​ \ noun

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alone, solitary, lonely, lonesome, lone, forlorn, desolate mean isolated from others. alone stresses the objective fact of being by oneself with slighter notion of emotional involvement than most of the remaining terms. everyone needs to be alone sometimes solitary may indicate isolation as a chosen course glorying in the calm of her solitary life but more often it suggests sadness and a sense of loss. left solitary by the death of his wife lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship. felt lonely and forsaken lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness and poignancy. an only child often leads a lonesome life lone may replace lonely or lonesome but typically is as objective as alone. a lone robin pecking at the lawn forlorn stresses dejection, woe, and listlessness at separation from one held dear. a forlorn lost child desolate implies inconsolable grief at loss or bereavement. desolate after her brother's death

Examples of forlorn in a Sentence

Against the forlorn backdrop of the muddy terrain the media circus has left behind, the young mother is photographed for a fashion spread wearing a … white dress. — James Wolcott, Vanity Fair, September 1998 There is nothing quite so forlorn as a closed factory—Vic Wilcox knows, having supervised a shutdown himself in his time. — David Lodge, Nice Work, 1990 Like Ozymandias, once king of kings but now two legs of a broken statue in Percy Shelley's desert, the great facade of Union Station in Washington, D.C., stands forlorn — Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, November 1986 she was forlorn when she found out the trip had been cancelled a forlorn wanderer far from home
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Recent Examples on the Web All over the city, that kind of street is looking a bit forlorn these days as the very existence of retail establishments, with display windows and shoppers and browsers, is all starting to feel like a sepia memory. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 Tia is feeling forlorn, but then Aaron takes her outside for a second. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Years later, they were found forlorn in parking garages across New York City. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2021 Newsom publicly backed Harris’s forlorn presidential campaign. Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 Chastain’s dissociated tech exec, Mira, is the one who has the affair, leaving Isaac’s forlorn work-from-home father, Jonathan, to pick up the pieces. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 The forlorn, Colonial Revival-style house sits on a 3,920-square-foot lot. oregonlive, 10 Sep. 2021 Nikola, for example, is quiet and forlorn at the outset, only to find his calling as a leader when left behind to direct the factory. Jd Linville, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 In this forlorn historical reverie, the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol is the latest flare-up of a wildfire that began at Fort Sumter. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of forlorn

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for forlorn

Middle English forloren, from Old English, past participle of forlēosan to lose, from for- + lēosan to lose — more at lose

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“Forlorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forlorn. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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forlorn

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forlorn

: sad and lonely
: empty and in poor condition
: not having much chance of success : nearly hopeless

forlorn

adjective
for·​lorn | \ fər-ˈlȯrn How to pronounce forlorn (audio) \

Kids Definition of forlorn

: sad from being left alone

Other Words from forlorn

forlornly adverb The dog howled forlornly.

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