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do·lor·ous

 (dō′lər-əs, dŏl′ər-)
adj.
Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.

[Middle English, from Old French doloros, from Late Latin dolōrōsus, from dolor, dolor; see dolor.]

do′lor·ous·ly adv.
do′lor·ous·ness n.

dolorous

(ˈdɒlərəs) ,

dolorific

or

doloriferous

adj
causing or involving pain or sorrow
ˈdolorously adv
ˈdolorousness n

do•lor•ous

(ˈdoʊ lər əs, ˈdɒl ər-)

adj.
full of or causing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous]
do′lor•ous•ly, adv.
do′lor•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dolorous - showing sorrowdolorous - showing sorrow      
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13

dolorous

adjective
1. Full of or expressive of sorrow:
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In the original it ran, '"How it came about that ye good Knight Sir Agravaine ye Dolorous of ye Table Round did fare forth to succour a damsel in distress and after divers journeyings and perils by flood and by field did win her for his bride and right happily did they twain live ever afterwards," by Ambrose ye monk.
And to all these questions poor Kitty, forced to put on a pleasant face, responded in a stifled voice whose dolorous accent her mistress did not however remark, solely because happiness is egotistical.
Of course it came to be considered "haunted," and the customary tales were told of moving lights, dolorous sounds and startling apparitions.
A dolorous place it was, this canoe house, filled with groans and sighs, corpses beneath the floor and composing the floor, creatures soon to be corpses upon the floor, corpses swinging in aerial sepulchre overhead, long black canoes, high-ended like beaked predatory monsters, dimly looming in the light of a slow fire where sat an ancient of the tribe of Somo at his interminable task of smoke-curing a bushman's head.
These dank walls had known the man whose dolorous story is a sealed book forever
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 apologise for than I;' and left the cottage.
She always speaks with a wailing, dolorous voice -- you are nervously expecting her to burst into tears every moment.
Then came Sir Carados of the dolorous tower, and Sir Turquine, knights of the castle, and there encountered with them Sir Percivale de Galis and Sir Lamorak de Galis, that were two brethren, and there encountered Sir Percivale with Sir Carados, and either brake their spears unto their hands, and then Sir Turquine with Sir Lamorak, and either of them smote down other, horse and all, to the earth, and either parties rescued other and horsed them again.
They had heard so very little of this; yet it was enough to build up wretched dolorous dreams upon, there in the shade of the night.
And then it was a fine report in Latin, which the sub-monitor of Torchi carried piteously to Dom Claude with this dolorous marginal comment,--
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.
The Burgundy from the public house at the corner warmed her heart, and she forgot that she ought to preserve a dolorous countenance.