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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 ; akin to Old Norse vei, interjection, woe, Latin vae


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woe

noun

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

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

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

play
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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