full of woe; wretched; unhappy: a woeful situation.
affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful melodies.
of wretched quality; sorry; poor: a woeful collection of paintings.
Also, woful.

1250–1300; Middle English; see woe, -ful

woefully, adverb
woefulness, noun
unwoeful, adjective
unwoefully, adverb
unwoefulness, noun

3. unpromising, unlikely, dreadful, awful.
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woeful (ˈwəʊfəl)
1.  expressing or characterized by sorrow
2.  bringing or causing woe
3.  pitiful; miserable: a woeful standard of work

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Example sentences
There is a woeful lack of information on the efficiency of light sources.
They are permitted to remain in this woeful state of ignorance and
  self-indulgence by their professorial blinders.
They depend on woeful narratives of national decline, of which there is lately
  no shortage.
As to your earlier point about common ancestry, you again display a woeful lack
  of understanding of the underlying evidence.
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