Hypertext Webster Gateway: "forlorn"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Forlese \For*lese"\, v. t. [p. p. {Forlore}, {Forlorn}.] [OE.
forlesen. See {Forlorn}.]
To lose utterly. [Obs.] --haucer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Forlorn \For*lorn"\, a. [OE., p. p. of forlesen to lose utterly,
AS. forle['o]san (p. p. forloren); pref. for- + le['o]san (in
comp.) to lose; cf. D. verliezen to lose, G. verlieren, Sw.
f["o]rlora, Dan. forloren, Goth. fraliusan to lose. See
{For-}, and {Lorn}, a., {Lose}, v. t.]
1. Deserted; abandoned; lost.

Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn. --Spenser.

Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.

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} [D. verloren hoop, prop., a lost band or
troop; verloren, p. p. of verliezen to lose + hoop band;
akin to E. heap. See {For-}, and {Heap}.] (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.

Syn: Destitute, lost; abandoned; forsaken; solitary;
helpless; friendless; hopeless; abject; wretched;
miserable; pitiable.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Forlorn \For*lorn"\, n.
1. A lost, forsaken, or solitary person.

Forced to live in Scotland a forlorn. --Shak.

2. A forlorn hope; a vanguard. [Obs.]

Our forlorn of horse marched within a mile of the
enemy. --Oliver

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment;
"desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn" [syn: {desolate},
{godforsaken}, {lorn}]
2: marked by or showing hopelessness; "the last forlorn
attempt"; "a forlorn cause"

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