Definition of doleful
- a doleful loss
- a doleful face
- a doleful melody
The girl had a doleful look on her face.
You sounded so doleful about your future that night.
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bad, blue, brokenhearted, cast down, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, down, downcast, downhearted, droopy, forlorn, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, heavyhearted, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholic, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, saddened, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woebegone, woeful, wretched;
black, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, desolate, dismal, dreary, elegiac (also elegiacal), funereal, gray (also grey), morbid, morose, saturnine, somber (or sombre), sullen;
: very sad
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