Dolorous Dol"or*ous, a. [L. dolorosus, from dolor: cf. F. douloureux. See {Dolor}.] 1. Full of grief; sad; sorrowful; doleful; dismal; as, a dolorous object; dolorous discourses. [1913 Webster]

You take me in too dolorous a sense; I spake to you for your comfort. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Occasioning pain or grief; painful. [1913 Webster]

Their dispatch is quick, and less dolorous than the paw of the bear or teeth of the lion. --Dr. H. More. -- {Dol"or*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Dol"or*ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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