woe-begone

woebegone

[woh-bi-gawn, -gon]
adjective
1.
beset with woe; affected by woe, especially in appearance.
2.
showing or indicating woe: He always had a woebegone look on his face.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English wo begon orig., woe (has or had) surrounded (someone); wo woe + begon, past participle of begon, Old English begān to surround, besiege (see be-, go1)

woebegoneness, noun


2. suffering, troubled, forlorn, gloomy.
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woebegone (ˈwəʊbɪˌɡɒn)
 
adj
1.  sorrowful or sad in appearance
2.  archaic afflicted with woe
 
[C14: from a phrase such as me is wo begon woe has beset me]

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woebegone
c.1300, in me is wo bigone "woe has beset me," from begon "to beset, surround."
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