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Definition of Woe

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pain, deep sorrow; sadness, grief; tragedy, misfortune
oh no! (cry of sadness, distress, disappointment, etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.
A curse; a malediction.
Woeful; sorrowful.
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\woe\, a. woeful; sorrowful. [obs.] his clerk was woe to do that deed. woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed. and looking up he waxed wondrous woe.
\woe\ (?), n. [oe. wo, wa, woo, as. wā, interj.; akin to d. wee, os. & ohg. wē, g. weh, icel. vei, dan. vee, sw. ve, goth. wai; cf. l. vae, gr. &?;. ?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. [they] weep each other's woe.
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?
note: woe is used in denunciation, and in exclamations of sorrow. " woe is me! for i am undone." vi. 5. o! woe were us alive [i.e., in life]. woe unto him that striveth with his maker! xlv. 9.
worth, woe be to. see worth, v. i. woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, that costs thy life, my gallant gray! w. scott.
1. misery resulting from affliction [syn: suffering]

2. intense mournfulness [syn: woefulness]

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 woe worth 
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This occurs in the the Bible, Old Testament in Job 10:15 in the form 'woe unto me'.
Job is one of the oldest books in the Old Testament, which dates from about 1200BC, making the phrase in the original language 3,200 years old.
The first occurrence of it in English would have been Wycliffe's Bible translation in 1382.
Job 10:15 If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction; Shakespeare also used it in Hamlet. The Bible has several instances of the 'woe is me' version of the phrase:
Psalms 120:5. Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!
Isaiah 6:5. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Jeremiah 4:31. For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
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Concise English-Irish Dictionary v. 1.1
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Gwae = n. woe
Gwaefyd = n. a state of woe
Och = interj. oh! alas! woe!
Ochan = n. a groan, a moan; woe
1.a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction, or grief 2: ruinous trouble
EG:In the 1870s, the Russian aristocracy was plagued by financial woes. The liberation of the serfs some years earlier had created an agricultural crisis, as it became extremely difficult for large landowners to make a profit through farming. The introduction of the railroads caused urban centers such as Moscow and Petersburg to replace country estates as the centers of social life, but the expense of life in the cities, combined with the easy access to bank loans and moneylenders they offered, plunged the aristocracy into even further debt.
WordNet 2.0

1. misery resulting from affliction
(synonym) suffering
(hypernym) misery, wretchedness
2. intense mournfulness
(synonym) woefulness
(hypernym) mournfulness, sorrowfulness, ruthfulness
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Woe 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 by Yahoo! web services and others
  • An acronym for "working on excellence" made by Drake.

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