[ UK /wˈə‍ʊfə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈwoʊfəɫ/ ]
  1. affected by or full of grief or woe
    his sorrow...made him look...haggard and...woebegone
  2. of very poor quality or condition
    deplorable housing conditions in the inner city
    woeful errors of judgment
    woeful treatment of the accused
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How To Use woeful In A Sentence

  • Public expenditure on the arts is woefully inadequate.
  • They displayed woeful ignorance of the safety rules.
  • Let's not forget Jackson's woeful job on the script.
  • Then there is the country's woeful provision of cheap, child-friendly restaurants.
  • Education may be better by local standards but is woeful by international standards. Times, Sunday Times
  • The language of brotherly love was not so easy to speak as he had supposed and was woefully short of imperatives. DEVASTATING EDEN: The Search for Utopia in America
  • Not that I mind so much working late on a Friday, since it helps to keep my mind occupied and prevents me contemplating my woeful lack of a meaningful social life.
  • So he drave out to Miriam, who ran at him with the best of her skill and charged him with the goodliness of her cleverness and her courage and her cunning in fence and cavalarice, crying to him, “O accursed, O enemy of Allah and the Moslems, I will assuredly send thee after thy brothers and woeful is the abiding-place of the Miscreants!” The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • Still, the Giants did fill a huge need by buttressing what were largely woeful special teams units with a lot of speed. Giants' Class Helps Solidify Special Teams
  • To be fair the quality of the outfield positions are excellent now but the goalkeepers are actually woeful.
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