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Word: forlorn

Definition: sad and lonely; wretched; desolate


Sentences Containing 'forlorn'

I was alone with her, when her forlorn young head drooped gently on one side, and all her earthly wrongs and sorrows ended.
It is a forlorn hope at the best, and not much the forlorner for being delayed till dark.
``Don't torture a poor forlorn wretch,''he implored them, with a dreadful cry;``but give me my work!
The forlorn smile with which she said it, so touched him, that tears started from his eyes.
Mrs. Gummidge had never made any other remark than a forlorn sigh, and had never raised her eyes since tea.
I gazed upon the schoolroom into which he took me, as the most forlorn and desolate place I had ever seen.
In my forlorn state I became quite attached to the family, and used to walk about, busy with Mrs. Micawber's calculations of ways and means, and heavy with the weight of Mr. Micawber's debts.
I could not enough admire the change he had wrought in the Golden Cross; or compare the dull forlorn state I had held yesterday, with this morning's comfort and this morning's entertainment.
I fancied, from the disposition of her figure, that Em'ly had but newly risen from the chair, and that the forlorn head might perhaps have been lying on her lap.
I am the lineal descendant of that infant--I am the rightful Duke of Bridgewater; and here am I, forlorn, torn from my high estate, hunted of men, despised by the cold world, ragged, worn, heart-broken, and degraded to the companionship of felons on a raft!"
He was moving softly to the door, when, in a forlorn hope of saying something naturally--which I never could, to this man--I said: 'Oh!
exclaimed the girl, with most forlorn regret; 'for she was always good to me!
If she were not true to it, might the object she now had in life, which bound her to something devoid of evil, in its passing away from her, leave her more forlorn and more despairing, if that were possible, than she had been upon the river's brink that night; and then might all help, human and Divine, renounce her evermore!
But having here accidentally mentioned a minister of state, he commanded me, some time after, to inform him, “what species of _Yahoo_ I particularly meant by that appellation.” I told him, “that a first or chief minister of state, who was the person I intended to describe, was the creature wholly exempt from joy and grief, love and hatred, pity and anger; at least, makes use of no other passions, but a violent desire of wealth, power, and titles; that he applies his words to all uses, except to the indication of his mind; that he never tells a truth but with an intent that you should take it for a lie; nor a lie, but with a design that you should take it for a truth; that those he speaks worst of behind their backs are in the surest way of preferment; and whenever he begins to praise you to others, or to yourself, you are from that day forlorn.
Moving on, I at last came to a dim sort of light not far from the docks, and heard a forlorn creaking in the air; and looking up, saw a swinging sign over the door with a white painting upon it, faintly representing a tall straight jet of misty spray, and these words underneath--"The Spouter Inn:--Peter Coffin."
So, cutting the lashing of the waterproof match keg, after many failures Starbuck contrived to ignite the lamp in the lantern; then stretching it on a waif pole, handed it to Queequeg as the standard-bearer of this forlorn hope.
Standing in iron hoops nailed to the mast, they swayed and swung over a fathomless sea; and though, when the ship slowly glided close under our stern, we six men in the air came so nigh to each other that we might almost have leaped from the mast-heads of one ship to those of the other; yet, those forlorn-looking fishermen, mildly eyeing us as they passed, said not one word to our own look-outs, while the quarter-deck hail was being heard from below.

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