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Definition of WOS

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Wo \Wo\, n. & a.
     See {Woe}. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.
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              Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, Sad instrument of all our woe, she took. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              [They] weep each other's woe.         --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     2. A curse; a malediction.
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              Can there be a woe or curse in all the stores of vengeance equal to the malignity of such a practice?
                                                    --South. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Woe is used in denunciation, and in exclamations of sorrow. " Woe is me! for I am undone." --Isa. vi. 5. [1913 Webster]

                 O! woe were us alive [i.e., in life]. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

                 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! --Isa. xlv. 9. [1913 Webster]

     {Woe worth}, Woe be to. See {Worth}, v. i.
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              Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, That costs thy life, my gallant gray! --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


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