• Euryalus' mother, distraught, abandons her weaving
    Euryalus' mother, distraught, abandons her weaving
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj abandoned forsaken by owner or inhabitants "weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse"
    • adj abandoned free from constraint "an abandoned sadness born of grief"- Liam O'Flaherty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Police estimated that 10,000 abandoned, orphaned and runaway children were roaming the streets of New York City in 1852.
    • Abandoned Forsaken, deserted. "Your abandoned streams."
    • Abandoned Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked ; as, an abandoned villain. "God gave them over to a reprobate mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fifty years ago the B. F. Goodrich Company, the American corporation known for its automobile tires, thought it was really on to something. Its engineers came up with the prototype of an atomic golf ball. The ball, with a radioactive core, would be easy to locate with a Geiger counter if hit into the rough. But the company abandoned the invention as unworkable.
    • abandoned Deserted; utterly forsaken; left to destruction: as, an abandoned ship.
    • abandoned Given up, as to vice, especially to the indulgence of vicious appetites or passions; shamelessly and recklessly wicked; profligate.
    • abandoned Synonyms Forsaken, deserted, given up, relinquished, discarded, rejected, destitute, forlorn.
    • abandoned Profligate, Abandoned, Reprobate, depraved, corrupt, vicious, wicked, unprincipled, hardened, dead to honor, incorrigible, irreclaimable. Profligate, abandoned, reprobate express extreme wickedness that has cast off moral restraint. Profligate is applied to one who throws away means and character in the pursuit of vice, and especially denotes depravity exhibited outwardly and conspicuously in conduct; hence it may be used to characterize political conduct: as, a profligate administration. Abandoned is applied to one who has given himself wholly up to the gratification of vicious propensities; it is stronger than profligate and weaker than reprobate. Reprobate is applied to one who has become insensible to reproof and is past hope; from its use in the Bible it has become the theological term for hopeless alienation from virtue or piety. (For comparison with depraved, etc., see criminal, a.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Abandoned given up, as to a vice: profligate: completely deserted: very wicked
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  • W. H. Auden
    “The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Hope is the last to abandon the unhappy.”
  • Paul Valery
    “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”
  • Albert Camus
    “To abandon oneself to principles is really to die -- and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “As person abandons worn-out clothes and acquires new ones, so when the body is worn out a new one is acquired by the Self, who lives within.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bandon, from the Teut. root ban, proclamation, came to mean decree, authorisation, permission; hence à bandon—at will or discretion, abandonner, to give up to the will or disposal of some one. See Ban, Banns.


In literature:

Southey's accusation that he 'abandoned the poor colonists' is ludicrously unjust.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Hardly three hours of daylight remained when the battle ended, and the Christian admirals reluctantly abandoned the pursuit of Ulugh Ali.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Yes, indeed, our own being, abandoned to itself, is worse than all devils.
"Spiritual Torrents" by Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mot Guyon
The same sun that shines upon the abandoned barque lights up the men who abandoned her, still on that spot where they came ashore.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Reluctantly they abandoned their boat, which was staunch and strong, but they hid it as well as possible among bushes and reeds.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The lines which covered the town were taken by storm and the place was abandoned, but the fortress still held out.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Perhaps, on more mature reflection, you will conclude to abandon the project altogether.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
On the appearance of this article the project was very properly and righteously abandoned.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Without waiting for an answer direct from Rome, Luther now abandoned all thoughts of success with Leo X.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
After a day of hard fighting, the Russians fired the city and abandoned it.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote

In poetry:

But many deaths have place in men
Before they come to die;
Joys must be used and spent, and then
Abandoned and passed by.
"New Year's Eve, 1913" by Gordon Bottomley
These waters sweet, these smiling fields,
Where cities fair are set,
To strangers ye abandon them,
But how can ye forget ?
"The Exiles" by Leo Alishan
Behind are the abandoned baths
Mute in their meadows lone;
The leaves are on the valley-paths,
The mists are on the Rhone--
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
A second morning's light expands,
Unfound the infant fair;
And Wilhelm's household wring their hands,
Abandon'd to despair.
"The Child and the Hind" by Thomas Campbell
The piers are pummelled by the waves;
In a lonely field the rain
Lashes an abandoned train;
Outlaws fill the mountain caves.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden
My child lies moaning, lost in dreams,
Abandoned, sore dismayed;
Her fancy's world with horror teems,
Her soul is much afraid:
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald

In news:

Exiled Cubans Living in Spain Feel Abandoned as Benefits Dry Up .
According to a report from the Arizona Daily Star, an infant girl was found abandoned in a duffel bag outside an Arizona apartment building over the weekend.
Abandoned lots, alleys and neglected parks in Detroit used to be a favorite destination for discarded tires and trash.
While many environmentalists were disheartened by the Durban climate talks' inconclusive results, China provided an unexpected ray of hope by abandoning its long-time refusal to discuss a carbon emissions cap.
It's time the UN abandon its big-cash hunt.
Panama abandons plans to sell land in duty-free zone.
For 13 years, Jose Camacho lived in the cavernous dark of an abandoned Amtrak railroad tunnel under Riverside Park, part of a subterranean clan of homeless people who scavenged their existence from the city's leavings.
O n the southern edge of East Harlem sits an abandoned school building in the shadows of glimmering high-rise apartments.
PORTSMOUTH — Police said they found abandoned animals inside a home in the 30 block of Hobson Street Thursday.
Think Partnerships reins in abandoned shopping carts with Secondbite.
Witnesses said the man ran into the house after abandoning a car during a police pursuit.
Emaciated dogs abandoned near busy road in Pueblo.
The NATCA should abandon its weird scheduling practices, which are clearly not designed to maximize controller freshness.
You might not have noticed, but… it's tough to be abandoned.
In these photos from July 2010 taken during a tour of the abandoned Batchelder property on Swamp Road, First Selectman Pat Llodra was joined by Congressman Chris Murphy (left) and former Congressman James Maloney.

In science:

For many issues pertaining to the phenomenology of the relevant string vacua, it will prove beneficial to abandon the free fermionic realization and to resort to the bosonic, or geometrical description.
On the Number of Chiral Generations in Z2 X Z2 Orbifolds
But the real use of (55) – (57) consists merely in insuring the non-negativity of the perturbed damping parameters and the conditions (44); all this is usually known in advance, so there is no need to abandon the much less restrictive conditions (52) – (54).
Bounds for contractive semigroups and second order systems
The first step in the enhancement is to consider the formulae (2.6) and (2.7) for the gravitation constant G in terms of the time like parameter T ∗ and abandon the interpretation of cT ∗ as the radius of the universe.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
However, the self-avoiding property causes attrition of the paths, in the sense that a large fraction of paths generated in a stochastic manner have to be abandoned because they are overlapping.
Self-avoiding walks on scale-free networks
With L0 fixed, the total number of vertices encountered has bounded expectation, so we may abandon the coupling if we reach more than log n vertices, say, in the neighbourhood exploration.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs