alas definition

  • interjection:
    • regularly express sadness, regret, grief, compassion, or apprehension of risk or wicked.
    • accustomed show sadness, regret, compassion or grief.
    • An exclamation expressive of sorrow, shame, or apprehension of bad; -- in old writers, sometimes followed closely by time or white; alas a single day, like alack a-day, or alas the white.
    • Used to express sadness, regret, grief, compassion, or apprehension of danger or evil.
    • accustomed express sorrow, regret, compassion or grief.
    • An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of bad; -- in old writers, sometimes followed by time or white; alas the day, like alack every day, or alas the white.
  • others:
    • An exclamation expressive of sorrow, grief, shame, concern, or apprehension of wicked: in old authors occasionally followed by the afternoon or the while: as, alas the afternoon, alas the whilst. See alackaday.
    • An exclamation expressive of sorrow, grief, shame, issue, or apprehension of evil: in old authors occasionally accompanied by the day or the while: as, alas your day, alas the whilst. See alackaday.
  • adverb:
    • by misfortune
    • by misfortune

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