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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forlorn hopenoun

    a hopeless or desperate enterprise


  1. forlorn hopenoun

    A small troop picked to make an advance attack, or the first attack; a storming party.

    Etymology: From forlorn + hope, in part-translation of verloren hoop ‘lost troop’.

  2. forlorn hopenoun

    Any dangerous or hopeless venture.

    Etymology: From forlorn + hope, in part-translation of verloren hoop ‘lost troop’.


  1. Forlorn hope

    A forlorn hope is a band of soldiers or other combatants chosen to take the leading part in a military operation, such as an assault on a defended position, where the risk of casualties is high.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. forlorn hope

    Officers and men detached on desperate service to make a first attack, or to be the first in mounting a breach, or foremost in storming a fortress, or first to receive the whole fire of the enemy. Forlorn-hopes was a term formerly applied to the videttes of the army. This ominous name (the enfants perdus of the French) is familiarized into a better one among soldiers, who call it the flowing-hope. Promotion is usually bestowed on the survivors.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. forlorn hope

    Officers and soldiers who generally volunteer for enterprises of great danger, such as leading the attack when storming a fortress, etc. Formerly it was applied to the advanced guard before the enemy, even on a march. See Enfans Perdus.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Forlorn Hope

    From the German verloren, lost. A company of soldiers ordered upon such a perilous enterprise, that there is small hope of their return.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forlorn hope in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forlorn hope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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