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- dolourous (obsolete)
- Solemnly or ponderously sad.
- 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, chapter 30, in A Tale of Two Cities:
- 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.
- 2001 June 24, Stefan Kanfer, “Author, Teacher, Witness”, in Time:
- As World War II came to a close, the gaunt and dolorous child was liberated at yet another death camp, Buchenwald.
solemnly or ponderously sad