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forsaken

[fawr-sey-kuh n] /fɔrˈseɪ kən/
verb
1.
past participle of forsake.
adjective
2.
deserted; abandoned; forlorn:
an old, forsaken farmhouse.
Related forms
forsakenly, adverb
forsakenness, noun
self-forsaken, adjective
unforsaken, adjective

forsake

[fawr-seyk] /fɔrˈseɪk/
verb (used with object), forsook, forsaken, forsaking.
1.
to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert:
She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific.
2.
to give up or renounce (a habit, way of life, etc.).
Origin of forsake
900
before 900; Middle English forsaken to deny, reject, Old English forsacan, equivalent to for- for- + sacan to dispute
Related forms
forsaker, noun
unforsaking, adjective
Synonyms
2. forswear, relinquish, forgo.
Synonym Study
1. See desert2.
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  • He at least did not think that the idol had been forsaken because the use of his name was given up.

  • Far below him lay the pallidly-lit depths of the forsaken thoroughfare.

    The Greater Inclination Edith Wharton
  • Since Salvat's arrest, the woman and the child had been forsaken and suspected by one and all.

  • Grey Beaver had betrayed and forsaken him, but that had no effect upon him.

    White Fang Jack London
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for forsaken

forsaken

/fəˈseɪkən/
verb
1.
the past participle of forsake
adjective
2.
completely deserted or helpless; abandoned
Derived Forms
forsakenly, adverb
forsakenness, noun

forsake

/fəˈseɪk/
verb (transitive) -sakes, -saking, -sook (-ˈsʊk), -saken (-ˈseɪkən)
1.
to abandon
2.
to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
Derived Forms
forsaker, noun
Word Origin
Old English forsacan
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Word Origin and History for forsaken
adj.

mid-13c., past participle adjective from forsake. Related: Forsakenly.

forsake

v.

Old English forsacan "object to, decline, oppose, refuse, deny," from for- "completely" + sacan "to deny, refuse" (see sake). Related: Forsaking.

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