If all of a person's family are dead and he or she is completely alone, how can I describe them with a single word?

With the death of her uncle, the young girl became completely [word here]

  • I wouldn't use a single word. The young girl lost the last of her family. – Luke Sawczak Nov 25 '18 at 13:30

orphaned would also work (with "completely" or "truly"). The word can be used for the state of having no relatives at all and no guardian, as well as the state of having no living parents.

With the death of her uncle, she was completely | truly orphaned.

Or without family.

With the death of her uncle, she was completely without family.

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  • Interesting! I've always thought orphan and orphaned describe someone whose parent(s) is(are) dead. – Sara Nov 25 '18 at 13:49
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    It is used that way 99% of the time. But you could say "When her uncle died, she was truly orphaned" and it would be understood to mean that she had no one left at all. There is the legal meaning of being the child of parents who are deceased, and the existential/psychological meaning of being alone in the world. Sorry, I had meant to type "with 'completely' "). – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 25 '18 at 13:50
  • +1 for "orphaned" – user45266 Feb 12 '19 at 7:17

I think the expression that comes close to describe your context is:


A family-less person.

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