Part of speech:

An exclamation of sorrow.

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Usage examples "alas":

  1. But without eyes, alas! - "The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3", John Bunyan.
  2. He was angry with her in that she could endure to see him; but, alas! - "The Bertrams", Anthony Trollope.
  3. Well hoped we then to meet on this fair shore, Whom Heaven, alas! - "The Odyssey of Homer", Homer, translated by Alexander Pope.