Vale-of-tears meaning

(idiomatic) A symbolic "valley of tears"; meaning the world and the sorrows felt through life. Similar to the Old Testament Psalm 23's reference to the "valley of the shadow of death", the phrase implies that sadness is part of the physical world (i.e. part of human experience).
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Origin of vale-of-tears

  • From vale a Middle English word meaning a valley or a dale.
    From Wiktionary