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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (vulnerable)
a. helpless
El niño desamparado fue adoptado por una familia amorosa.The helpless child was adopted by a loving family.
b. defenseless
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El director de la escuela se sintió desamparado frente a las calumnias difundidas por un grupo de padres.The school principal felt defenseless when faced with the slander perpetuated by a group of parents.
c. defenceless (United Kingdom)
Los niños quedaron desamparados tras la muerte repentina de su madre.The children were left defenceless when their mother died suddenly.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (vulnerable person)
a. helpless person
No soy superhéroe. No puedo ayudar a cada desamparado que conozca.I'm not a superhero. I can't help every helpless person I meet.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (persona)
a. helpless
2. (lugar)
a. desolate, forsaken
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (general)
a. helpless person
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1 (sin protección) helpless; defenceless; defenseless; (EEUU)
los niños desamparados de la ciudad the city's waifs and strays; sentirse desamparado to feel defenceless o helpless
2 [+lugar] (expuesto) exposed; (desierto) deserted
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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