Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Feeling, showing, or expressing deep sorrow, grief, or wretchedness: synonym: sad.
  • adjective Of an inferior or deplorable condition.

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  • adjective In a deplorable state.
  • adjective Filled with or deeply affected by woe.

Etymologies

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

[Middle English wo begon, beset with woe : wo, woe; see woe + begon, past participle of begon, to beset (from Old English begān : be-, be- + gān, to go; see go).]

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Old English, “woe has beset me”, from wo ("woe") + begon ("to beset, to surround")

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