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[dol-er-uh s, doh-ler-] /ˈdɒl ər əs, ˈdoʊ lər-/
full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful:
a dolorous melody; dolorous news.
Origin of dolorous
1375-1425; Middle English dolorous, dolerous < Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous
Related forms
dolorously, adverb
dolorousness, noun
undolorous, adjective
undolorously, adverb
undolorousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dolorous
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for dolorous


causing or involving pain or sorrow
Derived Forms
dolorously, adverb
dolorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dolorous

c.1400, "causing pain," from Old French doloros (12c., Modern French douloureux) "painful, sorrowful, wretched," from Late Latin dolorosus "painful, sorrowful," from Latin dolor "pain, grief." Sense of "causing grief" is from mid-15c.; that of "full of sorrow" is from 1510s. Related: Dolorously; dolorousness.

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