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forlorn

adjective uk   /fəˈlɔːn/ us    /fɚˈlɔːrn/

forlorn adjective (SAD)

literary alone and unhappy; left alone and not cared for: She looked a forlorn figure standing at the bus stop.

forlorn adjective (UNLIKELY TO SUCCEED)

[before noun] very unlikely to be achieved or to succeed: Their only hope now is that the outside world will intervene but it is an increasingly forlorn hope. She appeared on daytime TV in a forlorn attempt to persuade the public of her innocence.
forlornly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She sat forlornly (= alone and unhappy) looking out to sea.
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