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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dol•or•ous  (dolər əs, dōlər-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. full of, expressing, or causing pain or sorrow;
    mournful:a dolorous melody; dolorous news.
dolor•ous•ly, adv. 
dolor•ous•ness, n. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French; see dolor, -ous
  • Middle English dolorous, dolerous 1375–1425

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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

ˈdolorously adv ˈdolorousness n

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