Definition of dolorous in English:

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dolorous

Pronunciation: /ˈdɒl(ə)rəs/

adjective

literary
Feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress: a dolorous and repetitive tale of atrocity
More example sentences
  • Far from being dour and dolorous, one of the clearest fruits of grace is a childlike joy.
  • They had heard so very little of this; yet it was enough to build up wretched dolorous dreams upon, there in the shade of the night.
  • A gently dolorous Bulgarian folk-tune unfolds as a duet.

Derivatives

dolorously

adverb
Example sentences
  • A burglar alarm on the house opposite is dolorously winking a tiny white light.
  • ‘Don't worry about it,’ he dolorously replies.
  • Every time I came, it seemed, I met a lugubrious local figure who shook his head and dolorously announced that the weather had been beautiful until that very morning.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French doleros, from late Latin dolorosus, from Latin dolor 'pain, grief'.

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