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woeful

or woful

[woh-fuh l] /ˈwoʊ fəl/
adjective
1.
full of woe; wretched; unhappy:
a woeful situation.
2.
affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe:
woeful melodies.
3.
of wretched quality; sorry; poor:
a woeful collection of paintings.
Origin of woeful
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at woe, -ful
Related forms
woefully, adverb
woefulness, noun
unwoeful, adjective
unwoefully, adverb
unwoefulness, noun
Synonyms
3. unpromising, unlikely, dreadful, awful.
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woeful

/ˈwəʊfəl/
adjective
1.
expressing or characterized by sorrow
2.
bringing or causing woe
3.
pitiful; miserable: a woeful standard of work
Derived Forms
woefully, adverb
woefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for woful

woeful

adj.

c.1300, "afflicted with sorrow," from woe + -ful. Weakened sense of "very bad" recorded by 1610s. Related: Woefully; woefulness.

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