1. Full of woe; sorrowful; distressed with grief or calamity.
    How many woeful widows left to bow / To sad disgrace! — Daniel.
  2. Bringing calamity, distress, or affliction.
    a woeful event
    a woeful lack of restraint
  3. wretched; paltry; poor
    What woeful stuff this madrigal would be! — Pope.

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