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woebegone

[woh-bi-gawn, -gon] /ˈwoʊ bɪˌgɔn, -ˌgɒn/
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
1300-1350
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)
Related forms
woebegoneness, noun
Synonyms
2. suffering, troubled, forlorn, gloomy.
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British Dictionary definitions for woe-begone

woebegone

/ˈwəʊbɪˌɡɒn/
adjective
1.
sorrowful or sad in appearance
2.
(archaic) afflicted with woe
Word Origin
C14: from a phrase such as me is wo begon woe has beset me
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Word Origin and History for woe-begone

woebegone

adj.

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

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