Etymology
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woe (n.)

late 12c., from the interjection, Old English wa!, a common exclamation of lament in many languages (compare Latin , Greek oa, German weh, Lettish wai, Old Irish fe, Welsh gwae, Armenian vay).

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Definitions of woe

woe (n.)
misery resulting from affliction;
Synonyms: suffering
woe (n.)
intense mournfulness;
Synonyms: woefulness
From wordnet.princeton.edu