Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being woeful; misery; calamity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being woeful; misery; wretchedness.

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  • noun the quality of being woeful

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  • noun intense mournfulness

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Examples

  • I gazed at her naked belly for a long while and, finally, with a kind of woefulness, bowed my head.

    Middlesex

  • Israel uses Intifada, Hamas, Qassam canister rockets, guns, and the act of youth throwing stones (vs. tanks, bombs, air power, and the threat of nukes) as a perennial caveat for the breakdown of talks: it is very savvy at keeping up a rhetorical façade of disconsolate woefulness and pathos for international benefit.

    Rizwan A. Rahmani: The Art of Talking Middle East Peace with a Forked Tongue

  • Israel uses Intifada, Hamas, Qassam canister rockets, guns, and the act of youth throwing stones vs. tanks, bombs, air power, and the threat of nukes as a perennial caveat for the breakdown of talks: it is very savvy at keeping up a rhetorical façade of disconsolate woefulness and pathos for international benefit.

    Rizwan A. Rahmani: The Art of Talking Middle East Peace with a Forked Tongue

  • Israel uses Intifada, Hamas, Qassam canister rockets, guns, and the act of youth throwing stones (vs. tanks, bombs, air power, and the threat of nukes) as a perennial caveat for the breakdown of talks: it is very savvy at keeping up a rhetorical façade of disconsolate woefulness and pathos for international benefit.

    Rizwan A. Rahmani: The Art of Talking Middle East Peace with a Forked Tongue

  • Israel uses Intifada, Hamas, Qassam canister rockets, guns, and the act of youth throwing stones (vs. tanks, bombs, air power, and the threat of nukes) as a perennial caveat for the breakdown of talks: it is very savvy at keeping up a rhetorical façade of disconsolate woefulness and pathos for international benefit.

    Rizwan A. Rahmani: The Art of Talking Middle East Peace with a Forked Tongue

  • Being a stoic I can do no other but grin and bare the interim period and relish the seeing of the change appear along with the pain of those who are left to explain their woefulness. logdon

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Finally, Sutton pressed the woefulness down and went on.

    The Welkening

  • Finally, Sutton pressed the woefulness down and went on.

    The Welkening

  • Finally, Sutton pressed the woefulness down and went on.

    The Welkening

  • Or is it the lamenting Elegiac, which in a kind heart would move rather pity than blame, who bewails with the great philosopher Heraclitus the weakness of mankind, and the wretchedness of the world: who surely is to be praised, either for compassionate accompanying just causes of lamentation, or for rightly painting out how weak be the passions of woefulness.

    English literary criticism

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