also woful adjective Date: 14th century 1. full of woe ; grievous <
woeful prophecies
2. involving or bringing woe 3. lamentably bad or serious ; deplorable <
woeful ignorance
woefully adverbwoefulness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • woeful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) full of sorrow; miserable. 2) very bad; deplorable. DERIVATIVES woefully adverb …   English terms dictionary

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  • woeful — woefully, adv. woefulness, n. /woh feuhl/, adj. 1. full of woe; wretched; unhappy: a woeful situation. 2. affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe: woeful melodies. 3. of wretched quality; sorry; poor: a woeful collection of paintings.… …   Universalium

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