Definition of dolefully in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdəʊlfʊli//ˈdəʊlf(ə)li/


  • See doleful

    • ‘We could throw around the words ‘reprehensible’ and ‘deplorable’ and dolefully express our great disappointment in his leadership.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Yes, one can hear Shostakovich and Prokofiev, particularly in their most dolefully melodic moods, and I understand that Latvian folk elements have been used as well.’
    • ‘The paramedics hustle the stricken woman within the hold of the emergency vehicle, close the doors, climb inside, and pull away from the cul-de-sac with the boisterous and dolefully sustained wail of sirens.’