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Meaning of “woe” in the English Dictionary

"woe" in British English

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woenoun

uk   /wəʊ/  us   /woʊ/
woes [plural] formal bigproblems or ​troubles: The ​country has been ​beset by economic woes for the past ​decade. Unusually ​poorharvests have added to the country's woes. [U] literary extremesadness: Her ​face was ​lined and ​full of woe. He told me a ​real tale of woe about how he had ​lost both his ​job and his ​house in the same ​week.
(Definition of woe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"woe" in American English

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woenoun [C/U]

 us   /woʊ/ fml
badtroubles causing much ​suffering: [U] She ​poured out her ​tale of woe. Woes are ​greatproblems or ​troubles: [C] The ​country has been ​beset by ​economic woes for the past few ​years.
(Definition of woe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “woe”
in Spanish desgracia, aflicción…
in Vietnamese điều đau buồn…
in Malaysian kedukaan, kesengsaraan…
in Thai ความโศกเศร้า…
in French malheur…
in German das Weh, der Kummer…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悲伤, 悲哀…
in Turkish elem, keder, ıstırap…
in Russian скорбь, печаль…
in Indonesian kesedihan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悲傷, 悲哀…
in Polish żałość…
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