vale of tears

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Loan translation of Latin lacrimarum vallis in the Salve Regina, referring there to the world as a whole. Vale is a Middle English word meaning a valley or dale.


vale of tears ‎(plural vales of tears)

  1. (idiomatic) A symbolic "valley of tears"; meaning the world and the sorrows felt through life. The phrase implies that sadness is part of the physical world (i.e. part of human experience).


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