adjective \-ō-fəl, -ə-fəl\

: feeling or showing sadness : full of sorrow

Full Definition of SORROWFUL

:  full of or marked by sorrow <a sorrowful good-bye>
:  expressive of or inducing sorrow <sorrowful eyes>
sor·row·ful·ly \-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
sor·row·ful·ness \-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of SORROWFUL

  1. <adopted a sorrowful tone of voice to read the news story about the former governor's death>
  2. <the cult seemed to be a sorrowful assemblage of emotionally scarred people seeking love and redemption>

First Known Use of SORROWFUL

before 12th century


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