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[god-fer-sey-kuh n, god-fer-sey-] /ˈgɒd fərˌseɪ kən, ˌgɒd fərˈseɪ-/
adjective, (sometimes initial capital letter)
desolate; remote; deserted:
They live in some godforsaken place 40 miles from the nearest town.
wretched; neglected; pitiable.
Origin of godforsaken
First recorded in 1855-60; God + forsaken
1. bleak, dreary, lonely. 2. forlorn, miserable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wasn't there in all that godforsaken country a woman to take with you?

    The Amazing Interlude Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • What can anybody do to make money in this godforsaken country?

    The Gold Girl James B. Hendryx
  • Wasn't there one godforsaken lubber in the lot fit to raise a yell on a rope?

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • With the yacht gone, and us on a godforsaken tea-tray in mid-ocean!

    Hurricane Island H. B. Marriott Watson
  • Don't you think your morning negligee is just a little scanty even for this godforsaken corner of the earth?

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • Until today, there wasn't a loose pebble in this godforsaken place!

    Rich Living Michael Cathal
  • You never saw no earl, not in this godforsaken land, marry you never.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • If money were of any value here in this godforsaken spot, I would offer considerably more than a penny for your thoughts, Ruth.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for godforsaken


/ˈɡɒdfəˌseɪkən; ˌɡɒdfəˈseɪkən/
adjective (sometimes capital)
(usually prenominal) desolate; dreary; forlorn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for godforsaken

1816, from God + forsaken.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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