Adjective "alas" definition and examples

(Alas may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/əˈlɑːs//əˈlas/

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Definitions and examples

exclamation

Used to express grief, pity, or concern.
  1. 'She became the most passionate wife that a man could hope that she might be, but alas.'
  2. 'We looked in vain expecting the area to miraculously improve but alas, no such luck.'
  3. 'Shopping, alas, is likely always to lag behind the entertainment industry.'

More definitions

1. (used as an exclamation to express sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil.)

More examples(as adjective)

"guarantees can be alas."

Origin

Middle English: from Old French a las, a lasse, from a ‘ah’ + las(se) (from Latin lassus ‘weary’).