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Definition sad, hopeless, pitiful and/or abandoned
  • She energized the previously forlorn team.
forlorn = hopeless
  • She stood behind the counter with a forlorn look in her eyes.
  • forlorn = hopeless
  • This was a forlorn hope — he was almost sure that Wilson had no friend: there was not enough of him for his wife.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • forlorn = sad, hopeless, pitiful and/or abandoned
  • One seems so forlorn without them.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • We've been told of children searching forlornly in the smoldering ruins for their dead parents.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • forlornly = sad, hopeless, pitiful and/or abandoned
  • "What could you possibly say to him?" Major Major wondered forlornly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • forlornly = without hope
  • And all at once the sun was uncomfortably hot, the dust oppressive, and the meager grass along its edges somewhat ragged and forlorn.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • forlorn = pitiful
  • Madame Zeroni hated to see Elya so forlorn.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • forlorn = sad
  • 'No,' said Peter, rather touched by this devotion; 'it's a forlorn hope, and I'm going to lead it.'
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • The girls followed him as gallant soldiers might follow the leader of a forlorn hope.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • forlorn = doomed to fail (hopeless)
  • He went like one that hath been stunned, And is of sense forlorn: A sadder and a wiser man, He rose the morrow morn.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge  --  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • She sounds so forlorn and sorrowful that Mrs. Livingston cannot hold on to her fury.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Wandering lost and forlorn through the Prince's garden was Fezzik, leading the four giant whites.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Against what evil, against what forlorn love Was this predestined fervor meant?
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The hotel looked old and forlorn and empty, like an abandoned farmhouse outside Fort Dodge.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • I looked around for Miss Peregrine and saw her perched forlornly on the edge of Adam's crater.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • He stood there, seeming smaller than before, slumped and forlorn as though he were a doll that had lost some of its sawdust.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • But instead of feeling relieved, I feel forlorn.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • [Mrs Warren, silenced for a moment, looks forlornly at Vivie, who waits, secretly hoping that the combat is over.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • The pilot just shakes his head forlornly.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash

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