Alack vs. Alas - What's the difference?


  • Alack (interjection)

    An expression of sorrow or mourning.

  • Alas (noun)

    A type of depression which occurs in Yakutia, formed by the subsidence of permafrost.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Alack (interjection)

    used to express regret or dismay.

  • Alas (interjection)

    used to express grief, pity, or concern

    "alas, my funds have some limitations"

Webster Dictionary

  • Alack (interjection)

    An exclamation expressive of sorrow.

  • Alas (interjection)

    An exclamation expressive of sorrow, pity, or apprehension of evil; - in old writers, sometimes followed by day or white; alas the day, like alack a day, or alas the white.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Alas (adverb)

    by bad luck;

    "unfortunately it rained all day"

    "alas, I cannot stay"

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