do·​lor | \ ˈdō-lər How to pronounce dolor (audio) also ˈdä- \

Definition of dolor

: mental suffering or anguish : grief

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Examples of dolor in a Sentence

her sad poems grew out of a deep dolor that lasted for months

First Known Use of dolor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolor

Middle English dolour, from Anglo-French, from Latin dolor pain, grief, from dolēre to feel pain, grieve

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The first known use of dolor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dolor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British dolour \ ˈdō-​lər How to pronounce dolour (audio) , ˈdäl-​ər How to pronounce dolour (audio) \

Medical Definition of dolor

1 obsolete : physical pain used in old medicine as one of five cardinal symptoms of inflammation
2 : mental suffering or anguish

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