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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOLEFUL

His prophetic and doleful despatches had been for years the joke of Foreign Offices.

But what doleful ditty is this for the lips of a stout yeoman?

Yonder is his flock; and there sits he on a rock blowing his doleful reed.

And the sight of it suggested ascertaining the identity of the doleful minstrel.

Wild animals and doleful creatures had everywhere increased.

That doleful wailing song of hers was the first chant of madness.

Barbara did not speak at once and Jed began to whistle a doleful melody.

"Books" to him meant the doleful books that bookkeepers keep.

And again I sat on a hillock and surrendered to the most doleful meditations.

A ewe emitted her one doleful note; another gave hers, sadly.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., with -ful, from Middle English dole "grief" (early 13c.), from Old French doel (Modern French deuil), from Late Latin dolus "grief," from Latin dolere "suffer, grieve." Related: Dolefully.

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