- (used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
Origin of alack
Examples from the Web for alack
Contemporary Examples of alack
Oh, alas and alack (goes the argument), if only we could make peace with the Palestinians!Senior Netanyahu Adviser Admits Fayyad Was A Partner For Peace
Emily L. Hauser
April 24, 2013
Historical Examples of alack
“Alack me no alacks,” she interrupted, holding up her riding rod.
“Alack for the unhappy lads; and alack for those who egged them on,” said the priest.
Alack and alas that ever I should have been fool enough to trust him!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He came to see us once or twice in Russell Square, but, alack!A Writer's Recollections (In Two Volumes), Volume II
Mrs. Humphry Ward
But, alack, you know what women are: excitement gives us strength.
- an archaic or poetic word for alas
Word Origin for alack
Word Origin and History for alack
late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack in Middle English sense of "loss, failure, reproach, shame." Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or unpleasant surprise.