Examples of woe in a Sentence
ah, woe, with the death of the last of my siblings I am alone in this world!
Origin and Etymology of woe
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsalack, ay, wirra [Irish], alas
Related Wordsouch, ow; aw, phooey, rats, sheesh, shucks; bah, boo, faugh, fie, ho hum, humph, pish, pooh, pshaw, tsk, tush, tut, yuck (also yuk)
Near Antonymsalleluia, glory, hallelujah; ha, hey, hooray (also hurrah or hurray), hot dog, wahoo [chiefly West], whee, whoopee, wow, yahoo, yippee
Examples of woe in a Sentence
The city's traffic woes are well-known.
a tale of misery and woe
Recent Examples of woe from the Web
Still, divvying up some extra cash could actually ease leadership's legislative woes.
Unfortunately for the West Clermont faithful in attendance, the offensive woes followed the Wolvers into the second half.
As the first quarter drew to a close, the stats showed the offensive woes for A&M; the usually strong rushing team had just 14 yards on the ground, and May had thrown for just 48 when freshman Dylan Smith was brought in to replaced him.
In a statement, the central bank blamed the lenders’ woes on an economic downturn in Italy that was the worst since the war, adding that its action prevented even more damage to the banks and deposit holders.
These financial woes would only be made worse by Trump’s proposed budget, which would cut funding by between 11 percent and 18 percent for the federal agencies that provide the bulk of government support for university research.
The island lost 10 percent of its population in the past two years, mainly because of deep financial woes.
Those changes gave a boost to transit service, but are also feeding the streetcar’s woes.
And the drumbeat of critical disdain surrounding Tulip Fever—largely from people who haven’t seen it, but are baffled by its release-date woes—drove her to write an op-ed for the Huffington Post in her film’s defense.
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First Known Use of woe
before 12th century
Synonymsaffliction, agony, anguish, excruciation, hurt, misery, pain, rack, strait (s), torment, torture, travail, tribulation, distress
Antonymsblessedness, bliss, blissfulness, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, delight, ecstasy, elatedness, elation, euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, exultation, felicity, gladness, gladsomeness, glee, gleefulness, happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, jubilation, pleasure, rapture, rapturousness
Related Wordsdiscomfort; cross, crucible, trial; heartache, heartbreak, joylessness, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; emergency, pinch; asperity, difficulty, hardship, rigor; ache, pang, smarting, soreness, stitch, throe, twinge; danger, jeopardy, trouble
Near Antonymscomfort, consolation, solace; alleviation, assuagement, ease, relief; peace, security; well-being
Synonym Discussion of woe
- a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death
- the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents
- the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child
- cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city
- nagging regret for missed opportunities
WOE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of woe for English Language Learners
: a feeling of great pain or sadness
woes : problems or troubles
WOE Defined for Kids
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