One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.‘a dolorous and repetitive tale of atrocity’
mournful, woeful, doleful, sorrowful, sad, unhappy, depressed, dismal, gloomy, morose, melancholy, miserable, forlorn, wretched, woebegone, despondent, dejected, disconsolate, downcast, crestfallen, downhearted, heartbroken, heavy-hearted, despairing, desolate, grief-strickenView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Far from being dour and dolorous, one of the clearest fruits of grace is a childlike joy.’
- ‘A gently dolorous Bulgarian folk-tune unfolds as a duet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Through an interpreter this week, a dolorous Dolores explained that it hadn't taken her long to realize she'd been duped.’
Late Middle English: from Old French doleros, from late Latin dolorosus, from Latin dolor ‘pain, grief’.
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