Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.
[Middle English, from Old French doloros, from Late Latin dolrsus, from dolor, dolor. See dolor.]
1 : causing, characterized by, or affected with physical pain
2 : causing, marked by, or expressive of misery or grief —do·lor·ous·ly adverb
adj : showing sorrow [syn: dolourous, lachrymose, tearful, weeping]
*I love this word although my great-aunt Dolores always springs to mind unbidden.