American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to express sorrow, regret, grief, compassion, or apprehension of danger or evil.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation expressive of sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil: in old writers sometimes followed by the day or the while: as, alas the day, alas the while. See alackaday.
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil; -- in old writers, sometimes followed by
dayor white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white.
- adv. by bad luck
- From Old French a las (French hélas), from a ("ah") + las, from Latin lassus ("weary"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French a las, helas, ah (I am) miserable, from Latin lassus, weary; see lē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“About the time Carver was recovering from rejection of that story, Samuel Vaughn at Doubleday returned a manuscript of stories.53 Ray asked Lish to take a look at it, noting that he was sticking with his title alas, he does not say what it was after rejecting “for instance, ‘Bad Check, His Mama, and Beautiful Songs.’””
“This, alas, is going to end up throwing off the "contest," because if I declare myself done at 60,000 or 65,000 words, that's not fair to Kelly would will surely write exactly as many words as required.”
“This, alas, is not a reasonable way to write a novel.”
“This cup, alas, is unuseable, because it has a longitudinal crack inside.”
“Cameron, alas, is merely reflecting the primitive state of the British debate on the EU.”
“That sort of thinking, alas, is why most of the population has such a hard time connecting with the tech world, and why many view computers and kindred devices with fear and suspicion.”
“The only other nonwhite face on tap, alas, is the unguided missile Michael Steele, its new national chairman.”
“My mother, alas, is still with us, I say alas because passed a certain point prolongation approaches uncivility ( 'un' - is also valid, I looked it up.)”
“The same, alas, is rarely true of technology, where things going wrong are the order of the day.”
“Equally foolish, alas, is the strategy of over-compensating, of putting everything out there as free and legal MP3s.”
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