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doleful

[dohl-fuh l] /ˈdoʊl fəl/
adjective
1.
sorrowful; mournful; melancholy:
a doleful look on her face.
Origin of doleful
1225-1275
First recorded in 1225-75, doleful is from the Middle English word dol-ful. See dole2, -ful
Related forms
dolefully, adverb
dolefulness, noun
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doleful

/ˈdəʊlfʊl/
adjective
1.
dreary; mournful Archaic word dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)
Derived Forms
dolefully, adverb
dolefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for doleful
adj.

late 13c., with -ful, from Middle English dole "grief" (early 13c.), from Old French doel (Modern French deuil), from Late Latin dolus "grief," from Latin dolere "suffer, grieve." Related: Dolefully.

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