Forlorn

Definition of Forlorn

For`lorn´
a.1.Deserted; abandoned; lost.
Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn.
- Spenser.
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
- Shak.
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
(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.
n.1.A lost, forsaken, or solitary person.
Forced to live in Scotland a forlorn.
- Shak.
2.A forlorn hope; a vanguard.
Our forlorn of horse marched within a mile of the enemy.
- Oliver Cromvell.

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abandoned, affording no hope, alone, apathetic, bereft, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, cynical, defenseless, depressed, deserted, desole, despairing, desperate, despondent, desponding, disconsolate, dismal, dispirited, dolorous, down, fatherless, forgotten, forsaken, friendless, fruitless, futile, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, grim, heartsick, heartsore, helpless, homeless, hopeless, in despair, inconsolable, joyless, kithless, lonely, lonesome, lost, low-spirited, lugubrious, melancholy, miserable, motherless, mournful, neglected, oppressed, outcast, pathetic, pessimistic, pitiful, sad, shunned, sick, sick at heart, solitary, sorrowful, soul-sick, unconsolable, unfriended, unhappy, unhopeful, vain, without hope, woebegone, wretched
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