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Definition of Orphan


  1. A child bereaved of both father and mother; sometimes, also, a child who has but one parent living.
  2. Bereaved of parents, or (sometimes) of one parent.
  3. To cause to become an orphan; to deprive of parents.

Orphan Quotations

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
Joseph Roux

Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
Albert Schweitzer

If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we could change the world.
Steven Curtis Chapman

I did nothing to deserve God's love; in fact, I was living as an orphan, without hope. Yet God chose to pursue a relationship with me, and through the death of his son Jesus, I was adopted into God's family.
Steven Curtis Chapman

Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.
John Berger
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Orphan Translations

orphan in Afrikaans is weeskind, ouerloos
orphan in Dutch is ouderloos
orphan in French is orphelin
orphan in German is Waisenkind, Waise, Waise
orphan in Latin is pupillus pupilla
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