Tuesday, September 12, 2000
woebegone adjective [WOE-bee-gon] Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
Definitions for woebegone
- Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
- Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
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Citations for woebegone
Socrates, condemned to death by the people of Athens, prepares to drink a cup of hemlock, surrounded by woebegone friends.
This woebegone lot includes Henry, a real-estate developer whose dream project has, like his marriage, slipped into bankruptcy; Henry's sister, Wiloma, who has hurled herself headlong into the arms of a New Age church to survive her own divorce; and Henry and Wiloma's decrepit Uncle Brendan, a former monk whose faith has eroded along with his health, stranding him in a nursing home.