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Borrowed from Anglo-Norman dolour, mainland Old French dolor (modern douleur), from Latin dolor (pain, grief).



dolour (countable and uncountable, plural dolours)

  1. (literary) A painful grief or suffering.
    • 1605, But for all this thou shalt have as many dolours for thy daughters as thou canst tell in a year. — William Shakespeare, King Lear II.ii
    • 1874, James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night, X
      Perchance a congregation to fulfil
      Solemnities of silence in this doom,
      Mysterious rites of dolour and despair
      Permitting not a breath or chant of prayer?


Old French[edit]


dolour f (oblique plural dolours, nominative singular dolour, nominative plural dolours)

  1. Late Anglo-Norman spelling of dulur
    qi purroit penser ou ymaginer la dolour et les peynes qe vous, ma douz Dame, endurastes.
    Who could think of or imagine the pain and the suffering that you, my dear lady, have endured.