Definition of dolorous in English:

dolorous

adjective

literary
  • 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.’
    • ‘A gently dolorous Bulgarian folk-tune unfolds as a duet.’
    • ‘Through an interpreter this week, a dolorous Dolores explained that it hadn't taken her long to realize she'd been duped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far from being dour and dolorous, one of the clearest fruits of grace is a childlike joy.’
    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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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

dolorous

/ˈdɒl(ə)rəs/