- past participle of forsake.
- deserted; abandoned; forlorn: an old, forsaken farmhouse.
- to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific.
- to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.).
Origin of forsake
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Examples from the Web for forsaken
With 4,000 deaths in West Africa, the number of forsaken children is exploding.Liberia’s Ebola Orphans
October 14, 2014
Global Cures calls these forsaken therapies “financial orphans.”How Big Pharma Holds Back in the War on Cancer
April 23, 2014
Her departure from music left her fans bereft: "Why has she forsaken us?"The Rocker Who Wouldn’t Quit
March 24, 2014
Ron Paul shares her fears that the dollar will be forsaken in favor of some cursed one-world currency.Did Sexism Do Michele Bachmann In?
January 5, 2012
Only one belonging to a forsaken people or a forgotten cause can know the value of her flag pinned to his highly-visible lapel.Christopher Hitchens Eulogized by Roya Hakakian
December 16, 2011
He at least did not think that the idol had been forsaken because the use of his name was given up.The Conquest of Fear
Far below him lay the pallidly-lit depths of the forsaken thoroughfare.The Greater Inclination
Since Salvat's arrest, the woman and the child had been forsaken and suspected by one and all.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Grey Beaver had betrayed and forsaken him, but that had no effect upon him.White Fang
Tell him also that if he had paid me a little better for my labours, I would not have forsaken him.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- the past participle of forsake
- completely deserted or helpless; abandoned
- to abandon
- to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
Word Origin and History for forsaken
mid-13c., past participle adjective from forsake. Related: Forsakenly.
Old English forsacan "object to, decline, oppose, refuse, deny," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake). Related: Forsaking.