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woe

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interjection \ˈwō\

Definition of woe

  1. —used to express grief, regret, or distress

Examples of woe in a sentence

  1. <ah, woe, with the death of the last of my siblings I am alone in this world!>

Origin and Etymology of woe

Middle English wa, wo, from Old English wā; akin to Old Norse vei, interjection, woe, Latin vae


First Known Use: before 12th century


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woe

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Definition of woe

  1. 1 :  a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief

  2. 2 :  ruinous trouble :  calamity, affliction <economic woes>

Examples of woe in a sentence

  1. The city's traffic woes are well-known.

  2. <a tale of misery and woe>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of woe

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of woe

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse <a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death>. grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause <the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents>. anguish suggests torturing grief or dread <the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child>. woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery <cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city>. regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse <nagging regret for missed opportunities>.


WOE Defined for English Language Learners


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woe

noun

Definition of woe for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of great pain or sadness

  • woes : problems or troubles


WOE Defined for Kids

woe

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noun \ˈwō\

Definition of woe for Students

  1. 1 :  great sorrow, grief, or misfortune :  trouble

  2. 2 :  something that causes a problem



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