A story of sadness-tale of woe
A person, full of sadness- woeful
What someone says, who has woe- "woe is me"
Where you live, if you have woe- this woebegotten place or Lake Woebegon, if you like Minnesota
How you may be warned, if you are going to a bad place

-"Woe unto those who enter here, for all hope is lost "

All Whoas to the contrary, Keanu Reeves is not full of woe, although his acting may be.

Woe (?), n. [OE. wo, wa, woo, AS. wa, interj.; akin to D. wee, OS. & OHG. w&emac;, G. weh, Icel. vei, Dan. vee, Sw. ve, Goth. wai; cf. L. vae, Gr. . &root;128. Cf. Wail.] [Formerly written also wo.]

1.

Grief; sorrow; misery; heavy calamity.

Thus saying, from her side the fatal key, Sad instrument of all our woe, she took. Milton.

[They] weep each other's woe. Pope.

2.

A curse; a malediction.

Can there be a woe or curse in all the stores of vengeance equal to the malignity of such a practice? South.

Woe is used in denunciation, and in exclamations of sorrow. " Woe is me! for I am undone."

Isa. vi. 5.

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

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Isa. xlv. 9.

Woe worth, Woe be to. See Worth, v. i.

Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day, That costs thy life, my gallant gray! Sir W. Scott.

 

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Woe, a.

Woeful; sorrowful.

[Obs.]

His clerk was woe to do that deed. Robert of Brunne.

Woe was this knight and sorrowfully he sighed. Chaucer.

And looking up he waxed wondrous woe. Spenser.

 

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