dolorous

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French dolerous (modern French douloureux), from Latin dolōrōsus (painful).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɒləɹəs/, /ˈdoʊləɹəs/

Adjective[edit]

dolorous (comparative more dolorous, superlative most dolorous)

  1. Solemnly or ponderously sad.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book 5, Canto 4:
      Through dolorous despaire, which she conceyved,
      Into the Sea her selfe did headlong throw,
      Thinking to have her griefe by death bereaved.
    • 1645, John Milton, "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity", stanza 14:
      . . . Hell itself will pass away,
      And leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, ch. 30:
      From this prison here of horror, whence I every hour tend nearer and nearer to destruction, I send you . . . the assurance of my dolorous and unhappy service.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 3/2/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      She turned and waved a hand to him, she cried a word, but he didn't hear it, it was a lost word. A sable wraith she was in the parkland, fading away into the dolorous crypt of winter.
    • 2001 June 24, Stefan Kanfer, "Author, Teacher, Witness," Time:
      As World War II came to a close, the gaunt and dolorous child was liberated at yet another death camp, Buchenwald.

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