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forlorn
used in Moby Dick

5 uses
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Definition
sad, hopeless and/or abandoned
  • There, then, he sat, holding up that imbecile candle in the heart of that almighty forlornness.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (96% in)
  • Moving on, I at last came to a dim sort of light not far from the docks, and heard a forlorn creaking in the air; and looking up, saw a swinging sign over the door with a white painting upon it, faintly representing a tall straight jet of misty spray, and these words underneath—"The Spouter Inn:—Peter Coffin."
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (32% in)
  • With all her might she crowds all sail off shore; in so doing, fights 'gainst the very winds that fain would blow her homeward; seeks all the lashed sea's landlessness again; for refuge's sake forlornly rushing into peril; her only friend her bitterest foe!
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (50% in)
  • So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (96% in)
  • Standing in iron hoops nailed to the mast, they swayed and swung over a fathomless sea; and though, when the ship slowly glided close under our stern, we six men in the air came so nigh to each other that we might almost have leaped from the mast-heads of one ship to those of the other; yet, those forlorn-looking fishermen, mildly eyeing us as they passed, said not one word to our own look-outs, while the quarter-deck hail was being heard from below.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (2% in)

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