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FORLORN', adjective

1. Deserted; destitute; stripped or deprived; forsaken. Hence, lost; helpless; wretched; solitary.

Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn

To live again in these wild woods forlorn

For here forlorn and lost I tread.

2. Taken away. obsolete

When as night hath us of light forlorn

3. Small; despicable; in a ludicrous sense.

FORLORN hope, properly, a desperate case; hence in military affairs, a detachment of men appointed to lead in an assault, to storm a counterscarp, enter a breach, or perform other service attended with uncommon peril.

FORLORN', noun A lost, forsaken, solitary person.