- full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful: a dolorous melody; dolorous news.
Origin of dolorous
Examples from the Web for dolorous
Obama himself shows the dolorous dangers of unalloyed ideology, making transformation a higher priority than repair.A Winning Final Four at the GOP Debate in Charleston
January 20, 2012
At this Pierre could not refrain from a dolorous and vivacious interruption.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
This admission, so sincere and so dolorous to make, penetrated me.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
Then she gazed out before her, with a feeling of dolorous surprise.The Fortune of the Rougons
He, with his eyes fixed on the embers, had sunk back into the dolorous past.Fruitfulness
He stood stupefied, and so dolorous a spectacle that she could not but laugh.Gilian The Dreamer
- causing or involving pain or sorrow
Word Origin and History for dolorous
c.1400, "causing pain," from Old French doloros (12c., Modern French douloureux) "painful, sorrowful, wretched," from Late Latin dolorosus "painful, sorrowful," from Latin dolor "pain, grief." Sense of "causing grief" is from mid-15c.; that of "full of sorrow" is from 1510s. Related: Dolorously; dolorousness.