Pronounced: muh-REE-nih-zuhm, noun

Notes: I had not heard of this word before

Yesterday’s word

The word lorn means “desolate; forsaken”

First usage

Another old word, going back to the late 1200s

Background / Comments

If you are thinking that this word means the same as “forlorn”, you’re right; they are synonyms. Our word comes from Middle English loren, a past participle of the verb lesen (to lose), descended from the Old English word lēosan (to lose). Although the words are now synonyms, the for- prefix used to mean “completely”, “excessively”, or “to exhaustion”, so being ‘forlorn’ would be a more complete desolation than merely being ‘lorn’. Nevertheless, forlorn is far more commonly used today.

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