WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
dol•or•ous  (dolər əs, dōlər-), 
adj. 

    full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow;
    grievous;
    mournful:a dolorous melody; dolorous news.
Etymology:
  • Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous
  • Middle English dolorous, dolerous 1375–1425
dolor•ous•ly, adv. 
dolor•ous•ness, n. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

dolorous /ˈdɒlərəs/ adj
  1. causing or involving pain or sorrow

ˈdolorously adv ˈdolorousness n



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