mournful

adjective
mourn·​ful | \ ˈmȯrn-fəl \

Definition of mournful

1 : expressing sorrow : sorrowful
2 : full of sorrow : sad
3 : causing sorrow or melancholy : gloomy

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Other Words from mournful

mournfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
mournfulness noun

Examples of mournful in a Sentence

she had such a mournful expression that someone teasingly asked if her dog had died the mournful survivors of the disaster were faced with the grim task of burying the dead

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Here, The Ivory Game changes from a mournful nature doc to shaky cam action film, as African rangers chase sounds in the night and investigators record video of some of the most dangerous people on Earth—which almost goes terribly wrong. Janet Fang, Popular Mechanics, "New Netflix Doc Walks the Front Lines of the War to Save Elephants," 11 Nov. 2016 The recent fires in California will get a mournful nod during the concurrent Faena Festival. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "At Miami’s Art Fairs, a Somber Mood Sets In," 1 Dec. 2018 Local news cameras caught him looking mournful as police put up tape around the crime scene. Megan Friedman, Woman's Day, "This Incredibly Loyal Dog Refused to Leave the Scene After His Owner Died in a Car Crash," 26 Oct. 2015 The vocalist singing the mournful, gorgeous Portuguese music with perfect pitch is stunning in a black silk dress, her dark hair piled high on top of her head. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 2018 Here and there Godard’s voice itself is heard, craggy as the branches of an ancient tree, making doomy, mournful pronouncements. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Cannes Review: Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book Confounds and Dazzles," 14 May 2018 This though is the sad song with a sweet melody whose mournful tone feel likes a response to the terror attack that killed 22 at a Grande show in England last year. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Drake, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and the other songs to create the best Summer music playlist," 5 July 2018 The mournful ballads of lost love, an upbeat tune to welcome the harvest, wandering mystical notes contemplating and celebrating God. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018 Music director Candida Caldicot does a terrific job accompanying the action — at turns mournful, dainty or racy — on a piano to the side of the stage. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of mournful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mournful was in the 15th century

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mournful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mournful

: full of sorrow : very sad

mournful

adjective
mourn·​ful | \ ˈmȯrn-fəl \

Kids Definition of mournful

1 : full of sorrow or sadness a mournful face
2 : causing sorrow mournful news

Other Words from mournful

mournfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb spoke mournfully
mournfulness noun

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