American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exciting or expressing sorrow, grief, or distress; dismal; mournful: as, a dolorous object; a dolorous region; dolorous sighs.
- Painful; giving pain.
- Synonyms See list under doleful.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. showing sorrow
- From Old French dolerous (modern French douloureux), from Latin dolōrōsus ("painful"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French doloros, from Late Latin dolōrōsus, from dolor, dolor; see dolor. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Don't you? it can't be helped then!" replied he in dolorous resignation: then, with a peculiar half smile, he added, "But never mind; I imagine the squire has more to apologize for than I," and left the cottage.”
“These words uttered, she descends to earth in all her terrors, and calls dolorous Allecto from the home of the Fatal Sisters in nether gloom, whose delight is in woeful wars, in wrath and treachery and evil feuds: hateful to [327-360] lord Pluto himself, hateful and horrible to her hell-born sisters; into so many faces does she turn, so savage the guise of each, so thick and black bristles she with vipers.”
“His expression was dolorous, I guess because he’d wanted to get rid of me.”
“But, Nabokov being Nabokov, what clinches it for me is that dismal haze — which could equally be described as a dolorous haze or you see where I’m going with this as a Dolores Haze.”
“He found a kind of dolorous amusement in seeing now much more at home all the youngsters about him seemed than he.”
“Even if it's a sad thing, you want to get the essence of the most dolorous phrases and connect them in some way, and so in that way try to perfect something.”
“If you removed the ultimate object – for one woman, a novel, for another, a home so perfectly created and maintained that nothing rank or dolorous could ever take root there – you had, essentially, the same effort.”
“One of these, the parlor, gay with an ingrain carpet and dolorous with a funeral card and a death-picture of one of her numerous departed babes, was kept strictly for company.”
“In Puccini's dolorous "Crisantemi," the sense of world-weary detachment was not completely apt, the suffering held at a distance.”
“You almost feel bad for them, those dolorous Madonnas who look as though their babies have just passed wind but they're trying to hold it together for the picture.”
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