Definition of doleful in English:

doleful

Line breaks: dole|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊlfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

adjective

Derivatives

dolefully

adverb
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  • Thus, in Die Walküre you feel something dolefully inevitable in the social restrictions on human will that allegorically require the break between the paternal god and his illegitimate warrior daughter.
  • We could throw around the words ‘reprehensible’ and ‘deplorable’ and dolefully express our great disappointment in his leadership.
  • We decide on a scorpion fish, a rich ruby red, its spiky fins laid harmlessly by its side, its wide round eye staring up at us dolefully.

dolefulness

noun
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  • Between them, her bright hair in a tumble down the flying tangerine dispersal of her cloak, the Magdalene prostrates herself like an alighted butterfly, the amber splendours of her hands outstretched in her dolefulness.
  • The tale has many tragic turns but he and his cast largely forego the high-minded dolefulness in favour of camp theatrics.
  • The widespread topiary is part of the national trend towards dolefulness in appearance and attitude.

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