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lorn

[ lawrn ]
/ lɔrn /
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adjective

forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.
Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.

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Origin of lorn

1250–1300; Middle English; Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose (recorded in compounds)
lornness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lorn

lorn
/ (lɔːn) /

adjective

poetic forsaken or wretched
lornness, noun
Old English loren, past participle of -lēosan to lose
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