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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suffering, woenoun

    misery resulting from affliction

  2. woe, woefulnessnoun

    intense mournfulness


  1. woenoun

    grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.

  2. Etymology: From wo, wei, wa, from wa, from wai, whence also German weh, Old High German wē, Old Norse vei. Compare Latin vae.


  1. woe

    Woe is a term used to express great sorrow, distress, regret, or misery. It can also refer to troubles or calamities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Woenoun

    grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity

  2. Woenoun

    a curse; a malediction

  3. Woeadjective

    woeful; sorrowful

  4. Etymology: [OE. wo, wa, woo, AS. w, interj.; akin to D. wee, OS. & OHG. w, G. weh, Icel. vei, Dan. vee, Sw. ve, Goth. wai; cf. L. vae, Gr. . 128. Cf. Wail.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Woe

    Wo, wō, n. grief: misery: a heavy calamity: a curse: an exclamation of grief.—adj. sad, wretched.—adjs. Woe′begone, Wō′begone, beset with woe (see Begone); Woe′ful, Wō′ful, Woe′some (Scot. Wae′some), sorrowful: bringing calamity: wretched.—advs. Woe′fully, Wō′fully.—ns. Woe′fulness, Wō′fulness.—adjs. Woe′-wea′ried, -worn, wearied, worn, with woe.—Woe worth the day (see Worth).—In weal and woe, in prosperity and adversity. [A.S. (interj.) ; Ger. weh; L. , Gr. ouai. Cf. Wail.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of woe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of woe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of woe in a Sentence

  1. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn:

    In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.

  2. Danish proverb:

    Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster is still.

  3. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

    Woe to that nation whose literature is disturbed by the intervention of power. Because that is not just a violation against freedom of print, it is the closing down of the heart of the nation, a slashing to pieces of its memory. The nation ceases to be mindful of itself, it is deprived of its spiritual unity, and despite a supposedly common language, compatriots suddenly cease to understand one another.

  4. J. R. R. Tolkien:

    With hope or without hope we will follow the trail of our enemies. And woe to them, if we prove the swifter!

  5. Minna Antrim:

    The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.

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