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 (dō′lər-əs, dŏl′ər-)
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.


(ˈdɒlərəs) ,




causing or involving pain or sorrow
ˈdolorously adv
ˈdolorousness n


(ˈdoʊ lər əs, ˈdɒl ər-)

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


1. Full of or expressive of sorrow:
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