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Definition of "doleful" []

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

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.

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."