AskDefine | Define woeful

The Collaborative Dictionary

Woeful \Woe"ful\, Woful \Wo"ful\, a.
Full of woe; sorrowful; distressed with grief or calamity; afflicted; wretched; unhappy; sad. [1913 Webster] How many woeful widows left to bow To sad disgrace! --Daniel. [1913 Webster]
Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction; as, a woeful event; woeful want. [1913 Webster] O woeful day! O day of woe! --Philips. [1913 Webster]
Wretched; paltry; miserable; poor. [1913 Webster] What woeful stuff this madrigal would be! --Pope. [1913 Webster] Woefully

Word Net

woeful adj
1 affected by or full of grief or woe; "his sorrow...made him look...haggard and...woebegone"- George du Maurier [syn: woebegone]
2 of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment" [syn: deplorable, execrable, miserable, wretched]

Moby Thesaurus

abominable, affecting, afflictive, aggrieved, anguished, arrant, atrocious, awful, base, beastly, beneath contempt, bitter, blameworthy, bleak, brutal, calamitous, careworn, cheerless, comfortless, contemptible, crushed, cut up, deep-troubled, dejected, deplorable, depressed, depressing, depressive, desolate, despicable, detestable, dire, discomforting, disconsolate, disgusting, dismal, dismaying, dispirited, distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, downcast, downhearted, dreadful, dreary, dumb with grief, egregious, enormous, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul, fulsome, grave, grief-stricken, griefful, grieved, grievous, gross, harrowed, hateful, heart-stricken, heart-struck, heartbreaking, heartsick, heinous, horrible, horrid, in grief, in the dumps, inconsolable, infamous, joyless, lamentable, loathsome, lousy, low-spirited, lugubrious, miserable, monstrous, mournful, moving, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, on the rack, outrageous, overcome, painful, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, plangent, plunged in grief, poignant, racked, rank, regrettable, reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, rueful, ruthful, sad, saddening, scandalous, schlock, scurvy, shabby, shameful, sharp, shocking, shoddy, sordid, sore, sorrowed, sorrowful, sorrowing, squalid, stricken, suicidal, tearful, terrible, too bad, tortured, touching, unclean, uncomfortable, unfortunate, unprecedented, vile, villainous, woebegone, worst, worthless, wretched, wrung



  1. mournful or full of woe
  2. causing sorrow or regret
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