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  1. sorrow; grief.
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Also especially British, do·lour.

Origin of dolor

1275–1325; Middle English dolour (< Anglo-French) < Latin dolor, equivalent to dol(ēre) to feel pain + -or -or1
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Examples from the Web for dolour

Historical Examples

  • Dolour comes to him, indeed: you have spoken 20 truer than you purposed.

    The Tempest

    William Shakespeare

  • When Calandrino heard this, he fell a-roaring for dolour and said, 'Woe's me!

  • But the dolour of my mind was surpassed by the discomfort of my body.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • Who can measure what the pain of this Fifth Dolour was to Mary!

    Mater Christi

    Mother St. Paul

  • His visage would have been the more sanguine, which was now so pale of colour, because of the dolour that was his.

British Dictionary definitions for dolour


US dolor

  1. poetic grief or sorrow
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin, from dolēre to grieve
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dolour in Medicine


  1. Pain.
  2. Sorrow; grief.
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Related formsdo′lo•rific adj.
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