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Definition of "alas" []

  • Used to express sorrow, regret, grief, compassion, or apprehension of danger or evil. (interjection)
  • An exclamation of grief, compassion, or alarm (exclamation)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Unfortunately; regrettably

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Use "alas" in a sentence
  • "About the time Carver was recovering from rejection of that story, Samuel Vaughn at Doubleday returned a manuscript of stories.53 Ray asked Lish to take a look at it, noting that he was sticking with his title alas, he does not say what it was after rejecting “for instance, ‘Bad Check, His Mama, and Beautiful Songs.’”"
  • "This, alas, is going to end up throwing off the "contest," because if I declare myself done at 60,000 or 65,000 words, that's not fair to Kelly would will surely write exactly as many words as required."
  • "This, alas, is not a reasonable way to write a novel."