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forlorn (adj) (of people) lonely and unhappy; (of places) without people and uncared for.

A person that is forlorn is sad and lonely. A forlorn child is an abandoned child - left alone and sad, and waiting for the return of its near and dear ones. A forlorn person is all alone and is therefore sad. A place that is forlorn is without the presence of people and is neglected. If you enter a forlorn place you are alone there and you are troubled by the feeling of loneliness. A building without human presence and is in a state of neglect is forlorn. A forlorn hope is a hope hard to realize. A forlorn attempt is an attempt unlikely to succeed.

  • As the helicopter crashed in the middle of a desert, the lone survivor found himself forlorn; for miles around the level sands stretched, showing no signs of any human being. He naturally felt lonely and sad.
  • A forlorn hope that someday somebody might help him regain his lost wealth and importance kept him alive. In his heart of hearts, however, he knew that it was a remote chance.
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