Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state or characteristic of being forlorn; sadness; loneliness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. State of being forlorn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being forlorn; destitution; misery; a forsaken or wretched condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned

Etymologies

From Middle English forlorennesse, from Old English forlorenes ("state of being forlorn, perdition, destruction"), equivalent to forlorn +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • {226} (1) While making all allowance for the feeling of insignificance and forlornness which is apt to overwhelm us when we begin to realise the immensity of the material universe, a little closer thought should make it obvious that nothing in the nature of mere bulk or bigness furnishes even a reasonable presumption, let alone a convincing argument, against the survival of the soul; it is indeed difficult to perceive what legitimate bearing these physical phenomena are supposed to have upon a purely spiritual question.

    Problems of Immanence: studies critical and constructive

  • Klinghoffer is less inventive than Frusciante, only breaking loose on The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie's string-snapping solo, but he's there with the big riffs when the songs call for them, while singer Anthony Kiedis excels himself in the forlornness stakes on a sweet tribute to a friend, Brendan's Death Song.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: I'm With You – review

  • Her reply began with a hint of forlornness that vanished with her smile, as she warned:

    CHAPTER VII

  • Around that time, Drake called a friend, who said he could feel "the fear ... the dread, the forlornness" in Drake's voice.

    Former NSA executive Thomas A. Drake may pay high price for media leak

  • Our choice in this moment of utter forlornness will change the form and the content of the universe.

    Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: Retrieving G-d's Hidden Rays of Light: A Global Partnership Is Emerging

  • Then Mr. Edson, who had good abilities, in his forlornness and despair, threw them all to the winds.

    Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy

  • Not since The Remains of the Day has Ishiguro written about wasted lives with such finely gauged forlornness.

    Never Let Me Go: Summary and book reviews of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

  • A forlornness would descend on her like a shroud then and would lift only when Eid had passed.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • It was perhaps inseparable from the attempt to write a book of wit and imagination on English politics that a certain local emphasis and of effect, such as is the vice of preaching, should appear, producing on the reader a feeling of forlornness by the excess of value attributed to circumstances.

    Uncollected Prose

  • There was an obvious change in Miss Helstone: all about her seemed elastic; depression, fear, forlornness, were withdrawn: no longer crushed, and saddened, and slow, and drooping, she looked like one who had tasted the cordial of heart's-ease, and been lifted on the wing of hope.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

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