from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sorrow; grief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sorrow, grief, misery or anguish
  • n. a unit of pain used to theoretically weigh people's outcomes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pain; grief; distress; anguish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pain; pang; suffering; distress.
  • n. Grief; sorrow; lamentation.
  • n. A lesser feast established by Pope Pius VII. in 1814 for the third Sunday of September.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (poetry) painful grief


Middle English dolour, from Old French, from Latin dolor, pain, from dolēre, to suffer, feel pain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman dolour, mainland Old French dolor (modern douleur), from Latin dolor ("pain, grief"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "I spend my doleful days in dumps and dolors."

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