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dolorous

[ dol-er-uhs, doh-ler- ]
/ ˈdɒl ər əs, ˈdoʊ lər- /
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adjective

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

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British Dictionary definitions for dolorous

dolorous
/ (ˈdɒlərəs) /

adjective

causing or involving pain or sorrow

Derived forms of dolorous

dolorously, adverbdolorousness, noun
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