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Wordnet 3.0


1. marked by or showing hopelessness;
- Example: "the last forlorn attempt"
- Example: "a forlorn cause"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Some say that ravens foster forlorn children. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Destitute; helpless; in pitiful plight; wretched; miserable; almost hopeless; desperate. [1913 Webster] For here forlorn and lost I tread. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] The condition of the besieged in the mean time was forlorn in the extreme. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] She cherished the forlorn hope that he was still living. --Thomson. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Forlese \For*lese"\, v. t. [p. p. Forlore, Forlorn.] [OE. forlesen. See Forlorn.] To lose utterly. [Obs.] --haucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Forlorn \For*lorn"\, n. 1. A lost, forsaken, or solitary person. [1913 Webster] Forced to live in Scotland a forlorn. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A forlorn hope; a vanguard. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Our forlorn of horse marched within a mile of the enemy. --Oliver Cromvell. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

forlorn adj 1: marked by or showing hopelessness; "the last forlorn attempt"; "a forlorn cause"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

75 Moby Thesaurus words for "forlorn": abandoned, affording no hope, alone, apathetic, bereft, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, cynical, defenseless, dejected, depressed, deserted, desolate, 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, pitiable, pitiful, sad, shunned, sick, sick at heart, solitary, sorrowful, soul-sick, unconsolable, unfriended, unhappy, unhopeful, vain, without hope, woebegone, woeful, wretched