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Meaning of WOE

Pronunciation:  wow

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  intense mournfulness
  2. [n]  misery resulting from affliction
 

WOE is a 3 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: suffering, woefulness
 
 See Also: misery, mournfulness, ruthfulness, sorrowfulness, wretchedness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Woe\, n. [OE. wo, wa, woo, AS. w[=a], interj.; akin to D.
    wee, OS. & OHG. w[=e], G. weh, Icel. vei, Dan. vee, Sw. ve,
    Goth. wai; cf. L. vae, Gr. ?. [root]128. Cf. {Wail}.]
    [Formerly written also {wo}.]
    1. Grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.
    
             Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, Sad
             instrument of all our woe, she took.  --Milton.
    
             [They] weep each other's woe.         --Pope.
    
    2. A curse; a malediction.
    
             Can there be a woe or curse in all the stores of
             vengeance equal to the malignity of such a practice?
                                                   --South.
    
    Note: Woe is used in denunciation, and in exclamations of
          sorrow. `` Woe is me! for I am undone.'' --Isa. vi. 5.
    
                O! woe were us alive [i.e., in life]. --Chaucer.
    
                Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! --Isa.
                                                   xlv. 9.
    
    {Woe worth}, Woe be to. See {Worth}, v. i.
    
             Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, That costs
             thy life, my gallant gray!            --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    
  2. \Woe\, a.
    Woeful; sorrowful. [Obs.]
    
          His clerk was woe to do that deed.       --Robert of
                                                   Brunne.
    
          Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed.
                                                   --Chaucer.
    
          And looking up he waxed wondrous woe.    --Spenser.
    
    
 

 

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