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woeful

adjective uk   /ˈwəʊ.fəl/ us    /ˈwoʊ-/

woeful adjective (BAD)

very bad or (of something very bad or unpleasant) very great or extreme: The team's woeful record consists of six defeats in seven matches. They displayed woeful ignorance of the safety rules.

woeful adjective (SAD)

formal extremely sad: She was looking very woeful, with her eyes red and swollen.
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