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Definitionexpressing or causing sadness
- The boughs were tossing heavily above their heads; while one solemn old tree groaned dolefully to another, as if telling the sad story of the pair that sat beneath, or constrained to forbode evil to come.Chapter 17 -- The Pastor and his Parishioner (67% in)
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