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Alack

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • interj Alack An exclamation expressive of sorrow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alack An exclamation expressive of sorrow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Alack a-lakā€² an exclamation denoting sorrow.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from ah! lack!, OE. lak, loss, failure, misfortune. See Lack

Usage

In literature:

Alack, I die, my banquet, half untasted!
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
Alacke he was too vertuous to make her vicious, he stoode vpon religion and conscience, what a hainous thing it was to subuert Gods ordinance.
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
But when he awakened in the morning, alack!
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
I wish I could acquire her manner, but Alack!
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Whatever else there might be alack with me, there was never a lack of appetite.
"The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure" by Edward Hooker Dewey
And how to please her alack I do not know.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
So doth this cornet govern me, alack!
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
We fell to; but, alack!
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
Alack, alack, neither feathered hats, nor pointed shoon, availed to save them!
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
But, alack and alas!
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
She laid the blood-irons to Robin Hood's vein, Alack, the more pity!
"Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws" by Frank Sidgwick
She could scarcely hope to make anything of her mother, for, alack and alas!
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
There are, alas and alack, a few things they would have hidden, had they only known what was in store for them.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
Alack the day, there was no poet to send letters to the outside world on this handling of Cupid's bow and arrow!
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Alack, how my strength wanes!
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Alack, my poor heroine had no pride!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
So, since all winter, alack!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, May 26, 1920" by Various
Alack, I am sped: I am brought very low down; my hurt is to the death.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I entered, accordingly, upon what I thought a very promising course of appalling reading; but, alack and well-a-day!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
But alas and alack-a-day!
"Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail" by Howard R. Garis
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In poetry:

"Oh, willow, woe is me!
Alack and well-a-day!
If I were only free
I'd hide me far away!"
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
'Alack! you tall angels,
I can't think so high!
I can't think what it feels like
Not to be I.'
"A Question" by Francis Thompson
My Father Christmas passed away
When I was barely seven.
At twenty-one, alack-a-day,
I lost my hope of heaven.
"The Sceptic" by Robert W Service
Ah! woe is me, woe, woe is me,
Alack and well-a-day!
For pity, sir, find out that bee,
Which bore my Love away.
"The Mad Maid's Song" by Robert Herrick
Alack! Imagination might
As lief with rustic Virgil roam,
Reverent, or, welcomed guest, alight
At Pliny's philosophic home;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"Alack! the domes, O master mine,
Are golden clouds on high;
Yon spire is but the branchless pine
That cuts the evening sky."
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier