from The Century Dictionary.

  • etc. See woeful, etc.

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  • adjective Obsolete spelling of woeful.


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  • Kidd makes much of a Miltonic allusion that he perceives in "woful" as spoken by Buck Mulligan.

    'Making the Wrong Joyce': An Exchange

  • But in pre-Rose versions, John Milton's spelling of "woful" was a recurrent motif sounded most poignantly as Stephen Dedalus leads his class through a recitation of "Lycidas" in the second chapter:

    Making the Wrong Joyce

  • (Mr. Rose's meddling with Joyce's use of the Miltonic "woful" has reverberated all the way to Beijing where translator Sylvan Nathans noticed I had called Stephen Dedalus the "woful lunatic."

    'Making the Wrong Joyce': An Exchange

  • This woful possibility brought a fresh wash of tears.


  • He was a comical sight, striving to fan into flame the cold ashes of his youth, to resurrect his strength dead and gone through the oozing of the years -- making woful faces in place of the ferocious ones he intended, grinding his worn teeth together, beating his meagre chest with feeble fists.


  • Alas! my aged sire, our doom is fixed; 'tis woful exile.

    The Bacchantes

  • Alas! my aged sire, our doom is fixed; 'tis woful exile.

    The Bacchantes

  • Laconia or his father's hearth and home, nor come to the town of Pitane or the temple of the goddess 'with the gates of bronze, having taken as his captive her whose marriage brought disgrace on Hellas through its length and breadth and woful anguish on the streams of Simois!

    The Trojan Women

  • Douglas yonder, as well as in other places through the vale, and that is but a woful sight for a true Scotchman — even my own poor house has not escaped the dignity of a garrison of a man-at-arms, besides two or three archer knaves, and one or two slips of mischievous boys called pages, and so forth, who will not let a man say, ‘this is my own,’ by his own fireside.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Come, raise with me that dirge once more; uplift the woful strain that brings relief.



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