Definition of dolour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒlə/
(US dolor)


[mass noun] literary
A state of great sorrow or distress: they squatted, hunched in their habitual dolour
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  • I thought she might be a little subdued by a Monday morning dolour - as most normal people are - and discreetly removed my phone receiver from its cradle.
  • It is a plaintive, understated effort infused with dolour and an air of vulnerability.
  • It shows weedy tangles of wildflowers lifting their leaves sunward as spring advances and winter's dolor is shucked off for another year.


Middle English (denoting both physical and mental pain or distress): via Old French from Latin dolor 'pain, grief'.

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