woeful

[woh-fuhl]
adjective
1.
full of woe; wretched; unhappy: a woeful situation.
2.
affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful melodies.
3.
of wretched quality; sorry; poor: a woeful collection of paintings.
Also, woful.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see woe, -ful

woefully, adverb
woefulness, noun
unwoeful, adjective
unwoefully, adverb
unwoefulness, noun


3. unpromising, unlikely, dreadful, awful.
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woeful (ˈwəʊfəl)
 
adj
1.  expressing or characterized by sorrow
2.  bringing or causing woe
3.  pitiful; miserable: a woeful standard of work
 
'woefully
 
adv
 
'woefulness
 
n

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Example sentences
Not only are they often misshapen and woefully out of date, but many have been
  in a state of disrepair for years.
As he explained it, the actual retrieval process would be woefully slow and
  probably inaccurate.
The new team, though woefully inept, was the talk of the town.
But to a casual visitor the benefits of medical technology seemed woefully
  uneven.
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