mourn·​ful | \ ˈmȯrn-fəl How to pronounce mournful (audio) \

Definition of mournful

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

Other Words from mournful

mournfully \ ˈmȯrn-​fə-​lē How to pronounce mournful (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web What might easily have been rendered as the mournful last stop of the Trail of Tears instead gives a hopeful sense of uplift. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 And Kogonada has a superb one in Farrell, whose gaze, mournful and curious by turns, carries the weight of this movie’s speculative inquiry. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Noe’s voice is mature and sturdy on this track, which interpolates Bonnie Tyler’s 1970s hit into this mournful yet stoic track inspired by a flood that hit his homestate in 2020. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 Horns began loud and stayed loud, whether mournful, sentimental or braying. Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Nearly a year has passed, the many firsts without their Luke slowly turning month by month into mournful reflections of their lasts with him as the calendar trudges on. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 One and the same. Yellow, black and white — happy and unhappy, optimistic and mournful, cheerful and empty, confident and poisonous, full of power and pain. Sounds like a good fit. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 On the show, Joe's motives are more benevolent, and the moment is depicted with heart-wrenching operatics; a mournful aria blares as the zookeeper, weeping, raises his pistol with a trembling hand. Kristen Baldwin,, 2 Mar. 2022 Jagger plays this as nihilism lite, but Odetta has no truck with detachment, and sings the Stones song like a mournful god giving up on a world that won’t listen. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mournful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mournful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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mourn·​ful | \ ˈmȯrn-fəl How to pronounce mournful (audio) \

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

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