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Abandoned

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Abandoned. particip. adj.

  1. Given up.

    If she be so abandon'd to her sorrow,
    As it is spoke, she never will admit me.
    Shakesp. Twelfth Night.

    Who is he so abandoned to sottish credulity, as to think, upon that principle, that a clod of earth in a sack, may ever, by eternal shaking, receive the fabric of man's body? Bentley's Sermons.

    Must he, whose altars on the Phrygian shore,
    With frequent rites, and pure, avow'd thy pow'r,
    Be doom'd the worst of human ills to prove,
    Unbless'd, abandon'd to the wrath of Jove?
    Pope's Odyssey, b. i. l. 80.

  2. Forsaken, deserted.

  3. Corrupted in the highest degree. In this sense, it is a contraction of a longer form, abanidoned [given up] to wickedness.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (36)

Attributes: Participial Adjective (26)

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