dolorous

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adjective do·lor·ous \ˈdō-lə-rəs also ˈdä-\

Definition of dolorous

  1. :  causing, marked by, or expressing misery or grief

dolorously

adverb

dolorousness

noun

Examples of dolorous in a sentence

  1. <dolorous ballads of death and regret>

Did You Know?

"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.

15th Century

First Known Use of dolorous

15th century


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dolorous

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adjective do·lor·ous \ˈdō-lə-rəs, ˈdäl-ə-\

Medical Definition of dolorous

  1. 1:  causing, characterized by, or affected with physical pain <dolorous sensations>

  2. 2:  causing, marked by, or expressive of misery or grief

dolorously

adverb

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