for·lorn /fɝˈlɔrn, fɔr-/
For·lese v. t. [p. p. Forlore Forlorn ] To lose utterly. [Obs.]
1. Deserted; abandoned; lost.
Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn. --Spenser.
Some say that ravens foster forlorn children. --Shak.
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 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.
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 Cromvell.
adj 1: pitiable in circumstances especially through abandonment;
"desolate and despairing"; "left forlorn" [syn: desolate,
2: marked by or showing hopelessness; "the last forlorn
attempt"; "a forlorn cause"