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woe

noun

  1. (misery)  misery resulting from affliction
    Synonyms: suffering, wo [archaic]. Type of: misery
  2. (mournfulness)  intense mournfulness
    Synonyms: woefulness, wo [archaic]. Type of: mournfulness

Etymology summary

Old English wa, a common exclamation of lament in many languages (compare Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

woe | woe betide someone [sense-specific] | woe is me [synonym, sense-specific]

[literary] intense grief or misery | [often plural] affliction or misfortune | See "woe betide someone" | [archaic] an exclamation of sorrow or ... (20 of 455 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

woe [entry 1, interjection] | alack [synonym] | ay [synonym] | wirra [Irish, synonym] | alas [Irish, synonym] | ouch [similar] | ow [similar] | aw [similar] | phooey [similar] | ...

[used to express grief, regret, or distress] (7 of 108 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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woe [entry 2, noun] | calamity [synonym, sense-specific] | affliction [synonym, sense-specific] | agony [synonym, sense-specific] | anguish [synonym, sense-specific] | excruciation [synonym, sense-specific] | hurt [synonym, sense-specific] | misery [synonym, sense-specific] | pain [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief | ruinous trouble; "calamity", "affliction" (14 of 147 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Oxford Dictionary:

woe [literary] | woe to | woes | woe betide | woe is me! | troubles [synonym, sense-specific]

great sorrow or distress (often used hyperbolically) | ("woes") : things that cause sorrow or distress; troubles | "woe betide" : used humorously to ... (22 of 131 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/woe

woe | woe to someone | woes | woe betide someone | woe is me! | troubles [synonym, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (woe) | often [humorous] | great sorrow or distress | ("woes") : things that cause sorrow or distress; troubles | "woe betide ... (19 of 117 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Woe [disambiguation]

may refer to: Sadness or suffering | Woe, Ghana, a town in Ghana's Volta region | War of Emperium, a guild war in the MMORPG Ragnarok Online | Wings Over Europe, a combat flight simulator | Where On Earth IDentifier (WOEID), a geolocation taxonomy used... (41 of 116 words, 8 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

woe | woes [plural] | woe betide someone | woe is me

[uncountable, literary] a strong feeling of sadness | "woes": [plural, formal] problems and worries | "woe betide someone": [humorous] used for ... (19 of 97 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

woe | woes

"woes": [formal] great problems or troubles | [literary] extreme sadness (9 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

woe

Deep distress or misery, as from grief; wretchedness. | Misfortune; calamity | Used to express sorrow or dismay. (16 of 38 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

woe | woes [plural] | grief [synonym, sense-specific] | misery [synonym, sense-specific] | woeful [synonym, sense-specific] | sorrow [synonym, sense-specific] | sorrowful [synonym, sense-specific]

grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity. | [obsolete] woeful; sorrowful (8 of 38 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

woe | wae [Scottish, northern England]

grievous distress, affliction, or trouble. | an affliction. | an exclamation of grief, distress, or lamentation. (14 of 36 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/woe

New World Dictionary:

woe

great sorrow; grief; misery | a cause of sorrow; affliction; trouble | alas (11 of 33 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

woe | woes [plural]

a serious affliction or misfortune | grief or distress resulting from a serious affliction or misfortune (15 of 89 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713771​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

woe

Origin: Old English wa, a common exclamation of lament in many languages (compare Latin , Greek oa, German weh, Lettish ... (19 of 38 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

woe | woes [plural]

Origin: Middle English wo, wei, wa, from Old English , wēa, from Proto-Germanic *wai, whence also Dutch wee, German weh, Danish ve, Yiddish וויי. Ultimately from... (25 of 30 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

woe

Origin: Old English wā, wǣ; related to Old Saxon, Old High German wē, Old Norse vei, Gothic wai, Latin vae, Sanskrit uvē; see wail

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New World Dictionary:

woe

Origin: Middle English wo from Old English wa, woe from Indo-European interjection *wai- derives Old Norse , Gothic wai, Welsh gwae, Latin vae

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Oxford Dictionary:

woe [literary] | woe to | woes

Origin: natural exclamation of lament: recorded as in Old English and found in several Germanic languages

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/woe

American Heritage Dictionary:

woe

Origin: Middle English wa, wo, from Old English , woe!.

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Merriam-Webster:

woe [entry 1, interjection]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English wa, wo, from Old English ; akin to Old Norse vei, interjection, woe, Latin vae

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Encarta Dictionary:

woe | woes [plural]

Origin: Old English from Germanic from Indo-European

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Audio references

Wiktionary:

woe | woes [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "woe"

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Collins Dictionary:

woe

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "woe"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/woe

Macmillan British Dictionary:

woe | woes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "woe"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

woe | woes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "woe"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

woe

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "woe"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "woe"

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the Free Dictionary:

woe

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "woe"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "woe"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "woe" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

woe | woes [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "woe"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

woe

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "woe" by speech synthesizer

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