Meaning of dolour in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɒlə/

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(US dolor)
mass noun literary
  • A state of great sorrow or distress.

    ‘they squatted, hunched in their habitual dolour’
    • ‘I thought she might be a little subdued by a Monday morning dolour - as most normal people are - and discreetly removed my phone receiver from its cradle.’
    • ‘It is a plaintive, understated effort infused with dolour and an air of vulnerability.’
    • ‘It shows weedy tangles of wildflowers lifting their leaves sunward as spring advances and winter's dolor is shucked off for another year.’
    • ‘Smith circles his themes with the obsessive dolor of a man lamenting a lost opportunity, spawning gorgeous, tangential what-ifs and could've beens.’
    • ‘Following that exchange, his dolor and lamentations were both replaced with one sensation: rage.’
    sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, dejection, regret, depression, misery, cheerlessness, downheartedness, despondency, despair, desolation, wretchedness, glumness, gloom, gloominess, heaviness of heart, dolefulness, melancholy, low spirits, mournfulness, woe, broken-heartedness, heartache, grief
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Middle English (denoting both physical and mental pain or distress): via Old French from Latin dolor ‘pain, grief’.