Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being forsaken.

Etymologies

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forsaken +‎ -ness

Examples

  • The forsakenness inherent in the absurd jacket and blond stubble struggling to cover his chin and bubbly cheeks were contradicted by the neatness of his over-combed mop of hair and lucid dedication to the art of enunciation.

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  • He stoops down: he himself comes down as a child to the lowly stable, the symbol of all humanity's neediness and forsakenness.

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  • With that thought, and before she had time to remember any reasons why it could not be true, came a new sense of forsakenness and disappointment.

    Adam Bede

  • Finally, it seemed as if all her state was one of loneliness and forsakenness, and she could scarce refrain from trembling at the lip.

    Sister Carrie

  • One thing is forsakenness, another matter is lonesomeness: THAT hast thou now learned!

    Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none

  • As a matter of fact, however, what he complained of most was his spiritual condition — that indescribable forsakenness — to which he gives such heartrending expression in “Zarathustra”.

    Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none

  • But when her eyes looked round to find the barren rocks, the utter forsakenness, the coming of an unnameable horror, before her she saw only fair groves with trees bedecked with fruit and blossom, fragrant meadows, flowers whose beauty made her eyes grow glad.

    A Book of Myths

  • Spiders were here in great number, and their cobwebs, stretched in all directions and wreathing the great skinny dead together, were a pleasant spectacle, since they inspired with life and wholesome cheer a scene which would otherwise have brought to the mind only a sense of forsakenness and desolation.

    Sketches New And Old

  • Marget was enduring her forsakenness and isolation fairly well, all things considered, and was cheerful, by help of Wilhelm Meidling.

    The Mysterious Stranger; A Romance by Mark Twain [pseud.] with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth.

  • The sinless Sufferer on the cross, in His oneness with His brethren, felt their wrongdoing His own; acknowledged in His forsakenness that God could have nothing to do with it, for it was anti-God; confessed that it inevitably separated from Him and He felt Himself in such kinship and sympathy with sinning men that He was actually away from God.

    Some Christian Convictions A Practical Restatement in Terms of Present-Day Thinking

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