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doleful

[dohl-fuh l] /ˈdoʊl fəl/
adjective
1.
sorrowful; mournful; melancholy:
a doleful look on her face.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English dol-ful. See dole2, -ful
Related forms
dolefully, adverb
dolefulness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dole fulness

doleful

/ˈdəʊlfʊl/
adjective
1.
dreary; mournful Archaic word dolesome (ˈdəʊlsəm)
Derived Forms
dolefully, adverb
dolefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dole fulness
doleful
late 13c., from O.Fr. doel, from L.L. dolus "grief," from L. dolere "suffer, grieve." Related: Dolefully.
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