Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being doleful; sadness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being doleful; melancholy; gloominess; dismalness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sadness caused by grief or affliction

Etymologies

doleful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The howling continued for a long while, filling the air of that sombre night with a new kind of dolefulness and horror.

    The Knights of the Cross or, Krzyzacy

  • The last part of the drive on a road causewayed through the endless mangrove swamp impresses the imagination strongly by its dolefulness.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • Not that nature was reinforcing the dolefulness, that old pathetic fallacy; no, the haze was man-made, for thousands of small fires were burning in England, consuming the clothes and the homes and the bodies of the stricken.

    Up The Line

  • Sébalt sat with legs across, and his elbow resting on his knee, gazing into the fire with unspeakable dolefulness.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales

  • It seems therefore to be understood that certain persons are condemned to be _always_ serious, that we should approach them in a serious frame of mind, and talk to them only of serious things: so, too, when we visit the sick or unfortunate; we should leave our smiles at the door, compose our face and manner to dolefulness, and talk of anything heartrending.

    The Simple Life

  • There was a certain accent of dolefulness in the way he said it.

    Young People's Pride

  • This dolefulness of yours has something to do with your son, eh?

    Amphitryo, Asinaria, Aulularia, Bacchides, Captivi Amphitryon, The Comedy of Asses, The Pot of Gold, The Two Bacchises, The Captives

  • A life-size dummy stood in one corner of the room, the expression on its face being almost human in its dolefulness.

    The Go Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat

  • "And yet wouldst deliver me over into the hands of mine enemies," he said with increased dolefulness, "and not raise a finger to save me."

    "Unto Caesar"

  • Faith, but you are a lucky dog, "said my Lord, shaking his head in mock dolefulness;" for there is no man in London, in the world, for whom she would descend a flight of steps, save you.

    Richard Carvel

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