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[dol-er-uh s, doh-ler-] /ˈdɒl ər əs, ˈdoʊ lər-/
full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful:
a dolorous melody; dolorous news.
Origin of dolorous
1375-1425; Middle English dolorous, dolerous < Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous
Related forms
dolorously, adverb
dolorousness, noun
undolorous, adjective
undolorously, adverb
undolorousness, noun Unabridged
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  • You know I am not one of your dolorous gentlemen: so now let us laugh again.

  • “Pleasant news,” said Mr. Hawke, with rather a dolorous sigh.

    Flora Lyndsay Susan Moodie
  • If Mr. Ormond and Captain Butler must tickle sword-points one day, that is no cause for dolorous looks or hot words--no!

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
  • There were sighs of comprehension, gasps of dolorous interest.

  • This dolorous monologue was interrupted by the entrance of the canon's majordomo, an old servant with gray hair.

    Luxury-Gluttony: Eugne Sue
  • It was night, I repeat; there was a row of cabs in a dolorous rain.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • And, once the heart is enmeshed in the golden filaments, it is a most dolorous work to disentangle it.

    Pearl of Pearl Island John Oxenham
  • "Unto all the rest of my days, I should think," interrupted the dolorous Darcy.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • And thus I left my home and the gloomy, sorrowful influence of my most dolorous mother.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for dolorous


causing or involving pain or sorrow
Derived Forms
dolorously, adverb
dolorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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