Definition of dolorous in English:



  • Feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.

    ‘a dolorous and repetitive tale of atrocity’
    • ‘We have tamed another bit of garden: a dolorous little drying green hedged on two sides with straggling cotoneasters which formed the view from the dining room.’
    • ‘Through an interpreter this week, a dolorous Dolores explained that it hadn't taken her long to realize she'd been duped.’
    • ‘A gently dolorous Bulgarian folk-tune unfolds as a duet.’
    • ‘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.’
    despondent, downcast, downhearted, dejected, disconsolate, dispirited, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, desolate, heavy-hearted, in low spirits, low-spirited, sad, unhappy, glum, full of gloom, doleful, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, mournful, sorrowful, forlorn, long-faced, fed up, in the doldrums, subdued, wretched, lugubrious, eeyorish, morose, sepulchral, saturnine, dour, mirthless, woeful
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Late Middle English: from Old French doleros, from late Latin dolorosus, from Latin dolor pain, grief.