enough to make the angels weep

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a passage in Shakespeare, Measure for Measure...man ,/Drest in a little brief authority,/plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/As make the angles weep.

Noun[edit]

enough to make the angels weep

  1. (idiomatic) Something so distressing that it causes one to lose hope and faith.
    For several years the government has continuously reduced the amount of money spent on education. Now they complain that teachers are not doing their job properly- It's enough to make the angels weep.