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 for enfants perdus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forlorn \For*lorn"\, a. [OE., p. p. of forlesen to lose utterly,
     AS. forle['o]san (p. p. forloren); pref. for- + le['o]san (in
     comp.) to lose; cf. D. verliezen to lose, G. verlieren, Sw.
     f["o]rlora, Dan. forloren, Goth. fraliusan to lose. See
     For-, and Lorn, a., Lose, v. t.]
     1. Deserted; abandoned; lost.
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              Of fortune and of hope at once forlorn. --Spenser.
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              Some say that ravens foster forlorn children.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. Destitute; helpless; in pitiful plight; wretched;
        miserable; almost hopeless; desperate.
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              For here forlorn and lost I tread.    --Goldsmith.
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              The condition of the besieged in the mean time was
              forlorn in the extreme.               --Prescott.
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              She cherished the forlorn hope that he was still
              living.                               --Thomson.
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     A forlorn hope [D. verloren hoop, prop., a lost band or
        troop; verloren, p. p. of verliezen to lose + hoop band;
        akin to E. heap. See For-, and Heap.] (Mil.), a body
        of men (called in F. enfants perdus, in G. verlornen
        posten) selected, usually from volunteers, to attempt a
        breach, scale the wall of a fortress, or perform other
        extraordinarily perilous service; also, a desperate case
        or enterprise.
  
     Syn: Destitute, lost; abandoned; forsaken; solitary;
          helpless; friendless; hopeless; abject; wretched;
          miserable; pitiable.
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