forlorn

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English forlorn, forloren, from Old English forloren (past participle of forlēosan (to lose)), from Proto-Germanic *fraluzanaz (lost), past participle of Proto-Germanic *fraleusaną (to lose), equivalent to for- +‎ lorn. Cognate with Dutch verloren (lost), German verloren (lost), Swedish förlorad (lost). More at lese/leese, lorn.

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forlorn

  1. (obsolete) past participle of forlese

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forlorn (comparative forlorner or more forlorn, superlative forlornest or most forlorn)

  1. Abandoned, left behind, deserted.
  2. Miserable, as when lonely being abandoned.
    • Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
      For here forlorn and lost I tread.
    • William H. Prescott (1796-1859)
      The condition of the besieged in the mean time was forlorn in the extreme.
    • Mowbray Thomson (1832-1917)
      She cherished the forlorn hope that he was still living in captivity
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 6, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      Sophia broke down here. Even at this moment she was subconsciously comparing her rendering of the part of the forlorn bride with Miss Marie Lohr's.

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