He was anxious to get on, to reach his Camberton rooms, where the Sunday forlornness was peace after this swinish atmosphere.
We had subjected ourselves to all this forlornness simply for pleasure.
He had remained at the edge of the lot for some time, taking strange and wistful pleasure in his own forlornness.
The old sense of forlornness, of being alone and uncared for, returned to her.
A sense of forlornness oppressed her, and the magnitude of the task she had undertaken weighed upon her spirits.
Though one had a pity for his forlornness, there was still an admiration.
Still her despair and forlornness weighed upon her more and more.
"Troth, it serves me nothing," she said, with a forlornness he could not understand.
It is needless to add, that a deep sense of forlornness and insecurity was the result of these reflections.
The forlornness of the bookcase gave a stricken air to the whole room.
mid-12c., forloren "disgraced, depraved," past participle of obsolete forlesan "be deprived of, lose, abandon," from Old English forleosan "to lose, abandon, let go; destroy, ruin," from for- "completely" + leosan "to lose" (see lose). In the Mercian hymns, Latin perditionis is glossed by Old English forlorenisse.
Sense of "forsaken, abandoned" is 1530s; that of "wretched, miserable" first recorded 1580s. A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon farilosan, Old Frisian urliasa, Middle Dutch verliesen, Dutch verliezen, Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").
Commonly in forlorn hope (1570s), which is a partial translation of Dutch verloren hoop, in which hoop means "troop, band," literally "heap," and the sense of the whole phrase is of a suicide mission. The phrase is usually used incorrectly in English, and the misuse has colored the sense of forlorn. Related: Forlornly; forlornness.