alas

[uh-las, uh-lahs]

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English < Old French (h)a las!, equivalent to (h)a ah + las wretched < Latin lassus weary; cf. alack

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Alas.

sustineo alas

[soos-tin-e-oh ah-lahs; English suh-stin-ee-oh ey-las]
Latin.
I sustain the wings: motto of the U.S. Air force.
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alas (əˈlæs)
 
sentence connector
1.  unfortunately; regrettably: there were, alas, none left
 
interj
2.  an exclamation of grief, compassion, or alarm
 
[C13: from Old French ha las! oh wretched!; las from Latin lassus weary]

Alas.
 
abbreviation for
Alaska

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alas
mid-13c., from O.Fr. ha, las (later Fr. hélas), from ha "ah" + las "unfortunate," originally "tired, weary," from L. lassus "weary" (see late). Originally an expression of weariness rather than woe.
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Alas.
Alaska
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Example sentences
Good things usually come in threes but, alas, not here.
But alas, that time has passed.
But, alas, they show the effects.
The father, alas, is addicted to a drug that is harder to quit than heroin.
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