Definition of dolorous
: causing, marked by, or expressing misery or grief
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Examples of dolorous in a Sentence
dolorous ballads of death and regret
Recent Examples of dolorous from the Web
Did Affleck use up his store of dolorous winces in Manchester by the Sea?
The mosaics portray Jesus and his human forebears, including Joseph and a dolorous Mother Mary.
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The Painful History of dolorous
"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, but nowadays its use is rare.
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