• WordNet 3.6
    • adj forlorn marked by or showing hopelessness "the last forlorn attempt","a forlorn cause"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forlorn A forlorn hope; a vanguard. "Our forlorn of horse marched within a mile of the enemy."
    • Forlorn A lost, forsaken, or solitary person. "Forced to live in Scotland a forlorn ."
    • Forlorn Deserted; abandoned; lost. "Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn .""Some say that ravens foster forlorn children."
    • Forlorn Destitute; helpless; in pitiful plight; wretched; miserable; almost hopeless; desperate. "For here forlorn and lost I tread.""The condition of the besieged in the mean time was forlorn in the extreme.""She cherished the forlorn hope that he was still living."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • forlorn Lost; deserted; forsaken; abandoned.
    • forlorn Hence Without help or succor; helpless; wretched; miserable.
    • forlorn Small; despicable: in a ludicrous sense.
    • forlorn Deprived; bereft; destitute.
    • forlorn Synonyms Friendless, miserable, comfortless, disconsolate, woebegone, abject, pitiable.
    • n forlorn A lost, forsaken, or solitary person.
    • n forlorn A forlorn hope; an advanced body of troops; a vanguard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Forlorn for-lorn′ quite lost: forsaken; wretched
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  • Anna Letitia Barbauld
    Anna Letitia Barbauld
    “When one by one our ties are torn, and friend from friend is snatched forlorn; When man is left alone to mourn, oh! then how sweet it is to die!”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., p. p. of forlesen, to lose utterly, AS. forleósan,p. p. forloren,); pref. for-, + leósan,in comp.) to lose; cf. D. verliezen, to lose, G. verlieren, Sw. förlora, Dan. forloren, Goth. fraliusan, to lose. See For-, and Lorn (a.) Lose (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forloren, pa.p. of forléòsan, to lose—pfx. for-, away, and léòsan, to lose; Ger. verloren, pa.p. of verlieren, to lose.


In literature:

He had picked it up in the street, as forlorn and friendless as himself, and it had stayed by him.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Bristles nodded his head in a forlorn fashion.
"Fred Fenton on the Crew" by Allen Chapman
She looked very forlorn.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
It's only a forlorn hope anyway.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
She was feeling cross and forlorn, and sick of the whole affair.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
I can imagine how desperately forlorn the thing will be.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Never shall I forget the last I saw of her, a forlorn, pathetic figure in black, waving a farewell to me as I stood on the wharf.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She looked so forlorn, so thin and ill that Tess went awkwardly to her.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Certainly her dimple deepened a little as she relinquished the forlorn object.
"Three Margarets" by Laura E. Richards
He had brought a forlorn "growler" or four-wheeled cab.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

In poetry:

Grey mists in the morn,
And grey waves that rave,
Grey mould on my grave,
And grey eyes forlorn.
"The Grey World" by Leon Gellert
Glory to God that reigns above,
That pitied us forlorn;
We join to sing our Maker's love,
For there's a Savior born.
"Hymn 4 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And now I watch that cold, high star,
Amid the leaden North,
And think she looks on me afar,
Forlorn upon this earth.
"Milly" by James Avis Bartley
Touch her gently, let her lie,
This forsaken girl forlorn;
Tears may fall from strangers' eyes,
O'er her silent form.
"Unfortunate" by Julia A Moore
"Ten years ago was born in pain
A child, not now forlorn.
But oh, ten years ago, in vain,
A mother, a mother was born."
"Maternity" by Alice Meynell
O humble man, O faithful son!
That woman most forlorn
Who yet thy father's will hath done,
Thee, son of man, hath born!
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald

In news:

Between my gloomy morning ritual of reading the newspapers and blogs, and the Senate's repeal of the Racial Justice Act, I'm feeling forlorn and grouchy today.
In Sight of Manhattan Skyline, Living Forlorn and in the Dark.
An effort to revamp the forlorn patch of concrete, grass and trees along Northeast Prescott Street and 15th Avenue known as the Sabin Triangle is moving forward.
The Obama Campaign's Forlorn Hope: Just Get Unlikely Voters to Turn Out .
Come the New Year, we are inevitably left with those forlorn holiday leftovers.
No need to be forlorn.
The International Herald Tribune magazine looks ahead to 2013, and finds that even if great storms are rising, they are no reason to be forlorn.
WELL, AT LEAST now we know that forlorn Sixers center Andrew Bynum wants to play.
Returning to work on Monday with both their bodies and psyches battered and bruised has become the norm for the Chiefs in this most forlorn of seasons.
A forlorn little town in the middle of nowhere.
If you are stuck for Halloween ideas and looking forlornly at a jack-o-lantern disaster, have no fear the internet is here.
No one is asking that now as the flag forlornly hangs over a heartbroken, uncomprehending town of 27,000.
The third base camp of the Scarritt Patagonian Expedition has an unusually good location for this forlorn part of the world.
(DANILOFF) Snowdrops dot the lawn in front of our house, sap is running in the woods, and forlorn plow trucks tilt mostly at rain clouds and sunlight.
There they were, in the center of the page, two little mini-dachshunds, looking confused, frightened and forlorn.