woe-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: troubles, calamity, difficult circumstances

Commentary: WOE[+state][+circumstance][+trouble]
NOTE: usually in the plural

Scandals and an unpopular war have added to the Republicans woes this year.
More economic woes are forecast for next quarter.
This situation has created more woes for customer support.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: emotional distress, suffering

Commentary: WOE[+state][+emotional][+suffering]

The faces of the refugees were full of woe.
The orphan had led a life of woe and misery.
We tried to help John through his time of woe after the breakup with Mary.
Woe is me! (humorous usage)
Woe to anyone who wears the wrong outfit to Sally's wedding! (humorous usage)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2