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Definition of "doleful" []

  • Filled with or expressing grief; mournful. See Synonyms at sad. (adjective)
  • Causing grief: a doleful loss. (adjective)
  • Dreary; mournful (adjective)

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Use "doleful" in a sentence
  • "The tearful family followed her into the house and sat in doleful silence watching the big drops that began to beat on the western window."
  • "'When one's at home,' Fatima continued, in doleful tones, 'one doesn't feel it, because one sees nobody; but when one goes among other people, it is wretched not to have plenty of money and things."
  • "These voices do but echo to the voice of the Lord, who is now rendering a recompence to his enemies; and those that will not hear him speaking this terror shall hear them returning the alarms of it in doleful shrieks."