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[dol-er-uh s, doh-ler-]
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  1. full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful: a dolorous melody; dolorous news.
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Origin of dolorous

1375–1425; Middle English dolorous, dolerous < Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous
Related formsdol·or·ous·ly, adverbdol·or·ous·ness, nounun·dol·or·ous, adjectiveun·dol·or·ous·ly, adverbun·dol·or·ous·ness, noun
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Related Words for dolorous

afflicted, calamitous, deplorable, dire, distressing, doleful, grievous, harrowing, lamentable, lugubrious, melancholy, mournful, painful, plaintive, regrettable, rueful, sad, sorrowful, woebegone, woeful

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British Dictionary definitions for dolorous


  1. causing or involving pain or sorrow
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Derived Formsdolorously, adverbdolorousness, noun
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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.

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