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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Woe  \Woe\,  n.  [OE.  wo  wa  woo,  AS  w[=a],  interj.;  akin  to  D. 
  wee,  OS  &  OHG.  w[=e],  G.  weh,  Icel.  vei,  Dan.  vee,  Sw  ve 
  Goth.  wai;  cf  L.  vae,  Gr  ?.  [root]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  --Milton. 
  [They]  weep  each  other's  woe.  --Pope. 
  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.''  --Isa.  vi  5. 
  O!  woe  were  us  alive  [i.e.,  in  life].  --Chaucer. 
  Woe  unto  him  that  striveth  with  his  Maker!  --Isa. 
  xlv.  9. 
  {Woe  worth},  Woe  be  to  See  {Worth},  v.  i. 
  Woe  worth  the  chase,  woe  worth  the  day  That  costs 
  thy  life,  my  gallant  gray!  --Sir  W. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Woe  \Woe\,  a. 
  Woeful;  sorrowful.  [Obs.] 
  His  clerk  was  woe  to  do  that  deed.  --Robert  of 
  Woe  was  this  knight  and  sorrowfully  he  sighed. 
  And  looking  up  he  waxed  wondrous  woe.  --Spenser. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  misery  resulting  from  affliction  [syn:  {suffering}] 
  2:  intense  mournfulness  [syn:  {woefulness}] 

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