woefully

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
woe•ful /ˈwoʊfəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. full of woe;
    wretched:a woeful situation in the war-torn country.
  2. affected with, characterized by, or causing woe:the woeful news of the tragedy.
  3. of poor quality;
    awful;
    terrible;
    deplorable:a woeful bunch of job applicants.
woe•ful•ly, adv.: a woefully inadequate diet.
woe•ful•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
woe•ful  (wōfəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. full of woe;
    wretched;
    unhappy:a woeful situation.
  2. affected with, characterized by, or indicating woe:woeful melodies.
  3. of wretched quality;
    sorry;
    poor:a woeful collection of paintings.
Also,  woful.  woeful•ly, adv. 
woeful•ness, n. 
  • 1250–1300; Middle English; see woe, -ful
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . unpromising, unlikely, dreadful, awful.

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