woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.
Theodore Roethke wrote, “I have myself an inner weight of woe/ That God himself can scarcely bear.”
His memoir is not the typical tell-all with tales of woe and abuse.
If Gaddafi retains power in Libya, then woe betide those who have fought his rule.
And three, attribute every woe this country has been feeling lately to Barack Obama.
woe to the hearts that heard, unmoved,The mother's anguish'd shriek!
Carlotta was Queen, then;—there have been wars and death and woe enough since then!
And his mouth was drawn down into Jeremiah lines of woe that are indescribable.
I could pray no prayers but for thee; I could hearken to no other tales of woe.
But woe to him who doesn't know how to wear his mask, be he king or Pope!
Old English wa, a common exclamation of lament in many languages (cf. Latin væ, Greek oa, German weh, Lettish wai, Old Irish fe, Welsh gwae, Armenian vay). The noun is attested from late 12c., from the interjection.