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for·lorn / fərˈlôrn; fôr-/ • adj. 1. pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely: forlorn figures at bus stops.2. (of an aim or endeavor) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled; hopeless: a forlorn attempt to escape.PHRASES: forlorn hope a persistent or desperate hope that is unlikely to be fulfilled.DERIVATIVES: for·lorn·ly adv.for·lorn·ness / fərˈlôrnˌnəs/ n.

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