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Definitions for woebegone
ˈwoʊ bɪˌgɔn, -ˌgɒnwoe·be·gone

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  1. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegoneadjective

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  2. woebegone, woefuladjective

    affected by or full of grief or woe

    "his sorrow...made him look...haggard and...woebegone"- George du Maurier


  1. woebegoneadjective

    in a deplorable state

  2. woebegoneadjective

    filled with or deeply affected by woe

  3. Etymology: “woe has beset me”, from wo + begon


  1. woebegone

    Lake Wobegon is a fictional town created by Garrison Keillor as the setting of the recurring segment "News from Lake Wobegon" for the radio program A Prairie Home Companion broadcast from St Paul, Minnesota. The fictional town serves as the setting for many of Keillor's stories and novels, gaining an international audience with Lake Wobegon Days in 1985. Described as a small rural town in central Minnesota, the events and adventures of the townspeople provided Keillor with a wealth of humorous and often touching stories.Keillor has said that people often ask him if it is a real town, and when he replied that it was not, they seemed disappointed because "people want stories to be true". So he began to say it was in "central Minnesota, near Stearns County, up around Holdingford, not far from St. Rosa and Albany and Freeport, northwest of St. Cloud", which he says is "sort of the truth, I guess."


  1. woebegone

    Woebegone is an adjective that describes a state of deep sadness, distress, or misery. It can also refer to an appearance or condition of wretchedness or disrepair, often due to neglect.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of woebegone in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of woebegone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of woebegone in a Sentence

  1. Seán O'Casey:

    Disease an never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.

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