doleful

  • 1 Doleful — Dole ful, a. Full of dole or grief; expressing or exciting sorrow; sorrowful; sad; dismal. [1913 Webster] With screwed face and doleful whine. South. [1913 Webster] Regions of sorrow, doleful shades. Milton. Syn: Piteous; rueful; sorrowful;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 doleful — index deplorable, disconsolate, lamentable, lugubrious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 doleful — late 13c., with FUL (Cf. ful), from M.E. dole grief (early 13c.), from O.Fr. doel (Mod.Fr. deuil), from L.L. dolus grief, from L. dolere suffer, grieve. Related: Dolefully …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 doleful — lugubrious, dolorous, *melancholy, plaintive, rueful Analogous words: mourning or mournful, sorrowing or sorrowful, grieving (see corresponding verbs at GRIEVE): piteous, *pitiful Antonyms: cheerful, cheery …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 doleful — [adj] depressing afflicted, cast down, cheerless, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, dirgeful, dismal, dispirited, distressing, dolent, dolorous, down, downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth*, dreary, forlorn, funereal, gloomy, grieving,… …

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  • 6 doleful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sorrowful. 2) causing grief or misfortune. DERIVATIVES dolefully adverb. ORIGIN from Old French doel mourning , from Latin dolere grieve …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 doleful — [dōl′səmdōl′fəl] adj. [ME dolful < dol, grief (< OFr doel < VL dolus, grief, pain < L dolere, to suffer < IE base * del , *dol , to split, cut) + ful, FUL] full of or causing sorrow or sadness; mournful; melancholy: also Rare… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 doleful — adjective Date: 13th century 1. causing grief or affliction < a doleful loss > 2. full of grief ; cheerless < a doleful face > 3. expressing grief ; sad < a doleful melody > • …

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  • 9 doleful — [[t]do͟ʊlfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED A doleful expression, manner, or voice is depressing and miserable. He stared over his glasses with a long, doleful look of disbelief. Syn: mournful Derived words: dolefully ADV GRADED ADV with v I don t know why they …

    English dictionary

  • 10 doleful — dolefully, adv. dolefulness, n. /dohl feuhl/, adj. sorrowful; mournful; melancholy: a doleful look on her face. [1225 75; ME dol ful. See DOLE2, FUL] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 11 doleful — adjective griefful, mournful, bringing feelings of sadness. The doleful peal of the bell indicated another funeral was being held …

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  • 12 doleful — dole|ful [ˈdəulfəl US ˈdoul ] adj formal [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: dole sadness (13 19 centuries), from Latin dolere to be sad ] very sad ▪ a doleful song about lost love >dolefully adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 doleful — dole|ful [ doulfəl ] adjective looking sad: a doleful expression ╾ dole|ful|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 doleful — adjective very sad: a doleful song about lost love dolefully adverb dolefulness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 doleful — adjective her doleful eyes Syn: mournful, woeful, sorrowful, sad, unhappy, depressed, gloomy, morose, melancholy, miserable, forlorn, wretched, woebegone, despondent, dejected, disconsolate, downcast, crestfallen, dow …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 doleful — UK [ˈdəʊlf(ə)l] / US [ˈdoʊlfəl] adjective looking sad a doleful expression Derived word: dolefully adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 17 doleful — Synonyms and related words: affecting, afflicted, aggrieved, anguished, blue, careworn, cast down, cheerless, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, depressing, disconsolate, dispirited, distressed, distressing, dolorous, down, down in the mouth,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 doleful — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. sorrowful, sad. See dejection. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. sad, sorrowful, mournful, wretched; see sad 1 , 2 . See Synonym Study at sad . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. mournful, melancholy,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 doleful — see INDOLENT …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 doleful — [deolvol]. RG. 414; [delvol]. RG. 558 …

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