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Pronunciation of Forlorn: Learn how to pronounce Forlorn in English correctly

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Oxford dictionary definition of the word forlorn:

1pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely:
forlorn figures at bus stops
2(of an aim or endeavour) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled:
a forlorn attempt to escape

forlorn hope

a persistent or desperate hope that is unlikely to be fulfilled:
he urged them to stay in the forlorn hope of restoring peace
[ mid 16th century: from Dutch verloren hoop ‘lost troop’, from verloren (past participle of verliezen ‘lose’) and hoop ‘company’. The phrase originally denoted a band of soldiers picked to begin an attack, many of whom would not survive; the current sense (mid 17th century), derives from a misunderstanding of the etymology]



Pronunciation: /fəˈlɔːnnɪs/


Old English forloren ‘depraved, morally abandoned’, past participle of forlēosan ‘lose’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch verliezen and German verlieren, and ultimately to for- and lose. forlorn (sense 1) dates from the 16th century