Definition of dolorous
: causing, marked by, or expressing misery or grief
Examples of dolorous in a sentence
<dolorous ballads of death and regret>
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No medicine may prevail . . . till the same dolorous tooth be . . . plucked up by the roots. When "dolorous" first appeared around 1400, it was linked to physical pain - and appropriately so, since the word is a descendant of the Latin word dolor, meaning "pain as well as "grief." (Today, "dolor" is also an English word meaning "sorrow.") When the British surgeon John Banister wrote the above quotation in 1578, "dolorous" could mean either "causing pain" or "distressful, sorrowful." "The death of the earl [was] dolorous to all Englishmen," the English historian Edward Hall had written a few decades earlier. The "causing pain" sense of "dolorous" coexisted with the "sorrowful" sense for centuries before slipping from use in the 19th century.
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