Dolorous vs Dolent - What's the difference?

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Dolorous is a related term of dolent.


As adjectives the difference between dolorous and dolent

is that dolorous is solemnly or ponderously sad while dolent is (archaic) sad, sorrowful.

dolorous

English

Alternative forms

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Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Solemnly or ponderously sad.
  • * 1596 , , The Faerie Queene , Book 5, Canto 4:
  • Through dolorous despaire, which she conceyved,
    Into the Sea her selfe did headlong throw,
    Thinking to have her griefe by death bereaved.
  • * 1645 , , "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity", stanza 14:
  • . . . Hell itself will pass away,
    And leave her dolorous mansions to the peering day.
  • * 1859 , , A Tale of Two Cities , ch. 30:
  • From this prison here of horror, whence I every hour tend nearer and nearer to destruction, I send you . . . the assurance of my dolorous and unhappy service.
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  • * 2001 June 24, Stefan Kanfer, " Author, Teacher, Witness," Time :
  • As World War II came to a close, the gaunt and dolorous child was liberated at yet another death camp, Buchenwald.

    dolent

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Sad, sorrowful.
  • * 1874 ,
  • Poor wretch! who once hath paced that dolent city
    Shall pace it often, doomed beyond all pity,
    With horror ever deepening from the first.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 148:
  • *:‘Did you find them all, Uncle Van?’ she inquired, sighing, laying her dolent head on his shoulder.