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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

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
John F. Kennedy

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

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

Not everyone can be an orphan.
Andre Gide

You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh, vital and free, modern and poetic when you don't... you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother's son.
Witold Gombrowicz
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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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