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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WOFUL

The beginning and root of this woful calamity was a light look.

And there was the visit to that woful church, damp, rotten, ruinous.

Even in this woful climax, Theodora noted the gurgle of the child's sobs.

Oh, sir, it was a woful thing to be haunted by this phantom apparition.

Wan from the wild and woful West—Sleep, little babe, sleep on!

"Ye-yes, mum," faltered Mrs. O'Rourke, with a woful lack of spirit.

Our animals, too, were in a woful plight, for want of forage.

No depreciation of money can account for this woful difference.

He was more the Knight of the Woful Countenance than ever he had been.

It crept, it came, it fell upon the death-struck, woful valley.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "afflicted with sorrow," from woe + -ful. Weakened sense of "very bad" recorded by 1610s. Related: Woefully; woefulness.

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