Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Music In a mournful or plaintive manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. plaintively; pathetically

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plaintive; pathetic; -- used adverbially as a musical direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, noting a soft and pathetic manner.

Etymologies

Italian, from Latin dolōrōsus, dolorous; see dolorous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Is a bicycle made out of a crucifix a velo doloroso?

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  • Ammettiamo che l'abbia realmente proferita dal suo doloroso esilio.

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  • Reverteremos à intolerância para defender a liberdade que doloroso paradoxo?

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  • Hacerlo con frecuencia desarrolla la imaginación; entre dos, enriquece conocimiento; de rodillas, resulta doloroso.

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  • Recuerda que al igual que el parto es doloroso esta práctica también puede serlo si no la realizas adecuadamente.

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  • As imagens serão relegadas ao pó e à prateleira, e o novo caderno está cheio de páginas insuportavelmente brancas, vazias, anunciando um vácuo doloroso.

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  • Já é suficientemente doloroso deixar a cadela longe por algumas horas.

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  • Desde aquel doloroso momento; but this kind of music had lost its charm for them, and I was asked to give them the ballad they understood so well, in which their interest seemed to increase with every repetition.

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  • Audientes igitur nobilium vxores ipsius insulæ se viduatas, super his, in doloroso furore animi ad plures congressiones occiderunt et fugauerunt omnes aliarum mulierum maritos, ne scilicet sua ingennitas subiaceret voluntati, et potestati plebis.

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  • Audientes igitur nobilium vxores ipsius insul� se viduatas, super his, in doloroso furore animi ad plures congressiones occiderunt et fugauerunt omnes aliarum mulierum maritos, ne scilicet sua ingennitas subiaceret voluntati, et potestati plebis.

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