dolorous (adj.) c.1400, "causing pain," from O.Fr. doloros (12c., Mod.Fr. douloureux) "painful, sorrowful, wretched," from L.L. dolorosus "painful, sorrowful," from L. dolor "pain, grief." Sense of "causing grief" is from mid-15c.; that of "full of sorrow" is from 1510s. Related: Dolorously; dolorousness.

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  • Dolorous — Dol or*ous, a. [L. dolorosus, from dolor: cf. F. douloureux. See {Dolor}.] 1. Full of grief; sad; sorrowful; doleful; dismal; as, a dolorous object; dolorous discourses. [1913 Webster] You take me in too dolorous a sense; I spake to you for your… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dolorous — index deplorable, despondent, disconsolate, grave (solemn), lugubrious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dolorous — doleful, *melancholy, plaintive, lugubrious, rueful Analogous words: & Antonyms: see those at DOLEFUL …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dolorous — [adj] miserable, anguished afflicted, afflictive, calamitous, deplorable, dire, distressing, doleful, dolent, dolesome, grievous, harrowing, heart rending, lamentable, lugubrious, melancholy, mournful, painful, plaintive, regrettable, rueful,… …   New thesaurus

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  • dolorous — [dō′lər əs, däl′ərəs] adj. [OFr dolerous < LL dolorosus: see DOLOR] 1. very sorrowful or sad; mournful 2. Archaic painful dolorously adv …   English World dictionary

  • dolorous — dolorously, adv. dolorousness, n. /dol euhr euhs, doh leuhr /, adj. full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful: a dolorous melody; dolorous news. [1375 1425; ME dolorous, dolerous < AF, OF; see DOLOR, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • dolorous — do·lor·ous dō lə rəs, däl ə adj 1) causing, characterized by, or affected with physical pain <dolorous sensations> 2) causing, marked by, or expressive of misery or grief do·lor·ous·ly adv …   Medical dictionary

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