Alack



(used as an exclamation of sorrow, regret, or dismay.)
Contemporary Examples

Oh, alas and alack (goes the argument), if only we could make peace with the Palestinians!
Senior Netanyahu Adviser Admits Fayyad Was A Partner For Peace Emily L. Hauser April 23, 2013

Historical Examples

alack, I cannot sleep a wink myself, so as sorrow loves sympathy, I came to have a chat with you.
The World Before Them Susanna Moodie

With the foils I But, alas and alack, you care not for tales of that sort.
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905 Various

Melisso and Giosefo stood watching this and said often to the muleteer, ‘alack, wretch that thou art, what dost thou?
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio

On hearing that everything was as it should be, I went to bed, but, alack!
A Poor Man’s House Stephen Sydney Reynolds

alack, would that Edward listened more to me and less to the queen’s kith!
The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The lady pulled a demure face and said, ‘alack, wretched me!
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio

A black crack of noise in the street here, alack, bawled back.
Ulysses James Joyce

Calandrino incontinent began to quake and said, ‘alack, how so?
The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio Giovanni Boccaccio

alack and aday, that snare of the devil, his waste basket, was misplaced.
The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.

interjection
an archaic or poetic word for alas

late 15c., from ah, lack, from lack in Middle English sense of “loss, failure, reproach, shame.” Originally an expression of dissatisfaction, later of regret or unpleasant surprise.

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