[dol-er-uhs, doh-ler-]
full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful: a dolorous melody; dolorous news.

1375–1425; Middle English dolorous, dolerous < Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous

dolorously, adverb
dolorousness, noun
undolorous, adjective
undolorously, adverb
undolorousness, noun Unabridged
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dolorous (ˈdɒlərəs)
causing or involving pain or sorrow

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "causing pain," from O.Fr. doloros, from L.L. dolorosus, from L. dolor "pain, grief." Sense of "causing grief" is from mid-15c.; that of "full of sorrow" is from 1510s.
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Example sentences
It is a heavy and labored drama in the old dolorous manner.
What happened was not all dolorous lamentation, though there is some of that.
The movie turns dolorous and grim-and also spectacular in a conventional way, with cars and buses flung across open spaces.
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