Dolour vs Dolent - What's the difference?

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Dolour is a related term of dolent.

As a noun dolour

is (literary) a painful grief or suffering.

As an adjective dolent is

(archaic) sad, sorrowful.



Alternative forms

* dolor


(en noun)
  • (literary) A painful grief or suffering.
  • :* 1605', But for all this thou shalt have as many '''dolours for thy daughters as thou canst tell in a year. — William Shakespeare, ''King Lear II.ii
  • * 1874 , , X
  • Perchance a congregation to fulfil
    Solemnities of silence in this doom,
    Mysterious rites of dolour and despair
    Permitting not a breath or chant of prayer?




    (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.