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{adj: abandoned, derelict} forsaken by owner or keeper
"weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse"



{adj: abandoned} free from constraint
"an abandoned sadness born of grief"- Liam O'Flaherty

{adj: casual, insouciant, nonchalant} marked by blithe unconcern
"an ability to interest casual students"
"showed a casual disregard for cold weather"
"an utterly insouciant financial policy"
"an elegantly insouciant manner"
"drove his car with nonchalant abandon"
"was polite in a teasing nonchalant manner"

{adj: disagreeable, unsympathetic} not agreeing with your tastes or expectations
"found the task disagreeable and decided to abandon it"
"a job temperamentally unsympathetic to him"

{adj: joyous} full of or characterized by joy
"felt a joyous abandon"
"joyous laughter"
<-> joyless

{adj: reformed} caused to abandon an evil manner of living and follow a good one
"a reformed drunkard"

{adj: relinquished, surrendered} given up often unwillingly
"a relinquishment is a piece of relinquished or abandoned land"

{adj: unprofitable} producing little or no profit or gain
"deposits abandoned by mining companies as unprofitable"
<-> profitable

{adv: unashamedly, shamelessly, barefacedly} without shame
"he unashamedly abandoned the project when he realized he would not gain from it"
<-> ashamedly

{n: Dido} (Roman mythology) a princess of Tyre who was the founder and queen of Carthage; Virgil tells of her suicide when she was abandoned by Aeneas

{n: Insessores, order Insessores, perching bird, percher} a bird with feet adapted for perching (as on tree branches); this order is now generally abandoned by taxonomists

{n: Revolutionary calendar} the calendar adopted by the first French Republic in 1793 and abandoned in 1805; dates were calculated from Sept. 22, 1792

{n: Romulus} (Roman mythology) founder of Rome; suckled with his twin brother Remus by a wolf after their parents (Mars and Rhea Silvia) abandoned them; Romulus killed Remus in an argument over the building of Rome

{n: Second Vatican Council, Vatican II} the Vatican Council in 1962-1965 that abandoned the universal Latin liturgy and acknowledged ecumenism and made other reforms

{n: Superfund program, Superfund} the federal government's program to locate and investigate and clean up the worst uncontrolled and abandoned toxic waste sites nationwide; administered by the Environmental Protection Agency
"some have intimated that the Superfund's money may have turned into a political slush fund"

{n: abandon, wantonness, unconstraint} the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
"she danced with abandon"

{n: abandoned person} someone for whom hope has been abandoned

{n: abandoned ship, derelict} a ship abandoned on the high seas

{n: apostasy, tergiversation} the act of abandoning a party or cause

{n: deist, freethinker} a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it

{n: deserter, defector} a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)

{n: detribalization, detribalisation} the act of causing tribal people to abandon their customs and adopt urban ways of living

{n: euro} the basic monetary unit of most members of the European Union (introduced in 1999); in 2002 twelve European nations (Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Austria, Finland) adopted the euro as their basic unit of money and abandoned their traditional currencies

{n: exposure} abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)

{n: forlornness, loneliness, desolation} sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned

{n: foundling, abandoned infant} a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown

{n: hopelessness} the despair you feel when you have abandoned hope of comfort or success
<-> hopefulness

{n: hulk} a ship that has been wrecked and abandoned

{n: kuru} a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned

{n: life raft, Carling float} a raft to use if a ship must be abandoned in an emergency

{n: phrenology} a now abandoned study of the shape of skull as indicative of the strengths of different faculties

{n: recycling plant} a plant for reprocessing used or abandoned materials

{n: recycling} the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products

{n: reform} self-improvement in behavior or morals by abandoning some vice
"the family rejoiced in the drunkard's reform"

{n: relinquishment, relinquishing} the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.

{n: shooting gallery} a building (usually abandoned) where drug addicts buy and use heroin

{n: street arab, gamin, throwaway} a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets

{n: wildness, abandon} a feeling of extreme emotional intensity
"the wildness of his anger"

{v: abandon, forsake, desolate, desert} leave someone who needs or counts on you ; leave in the lurch
"The mother deserted her children"

{v: abandon, give up} give up with the intent of never claiming again
"Abandon your life to God"
"She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti"
"We gave the drowning victim up for dead"

{v: abandon, give up} stop maintaining or insisting on ; of ideas, claims, etc.
"He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"
"Both sides have to give up some calims in these negociations"

{v: abandon} forsake, leave behind
"We abandoned the old car in the empty parking lot"

{v: apostatize, apostatise, tergiversate} abandon one's beliefs or allegiances

{v: check} abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons

{v: despair} abandon hope ; give up hope ; lose heart
"Don't despair--help is on the way!"
<-> hope

{v: expose} abandon by leaving out in the open air
"The infant was exposed by the teenage mother"
"After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"

{v: fail, betray} disappoint, prove undependable to ; abandon, forsake
"His sense of smell failed him this time"
"His strength finally failed him"
"His children failed him in the crisis"

{v: reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify} bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
"The Church reformed me"
"reform your conduct"

{v: reprobate} abandon to eternal damnation
"God reprobated the unrepenting sinner"

{v: stand pat, stand firm, hold firm, stand fast} refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief

{v: switch, shift, change} lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
"switch to a different brand of beer"
"She switched psychiatrists"
"The car changed lanes"

{v: vacate, empty, abandon} leave behind empty ; move out of
"You must vacate your office by tonight"


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