sorrowful

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adjective sor·row·ful \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-fəl, -ə-fəl, ˈsȯr-\

Definition of sorrowful

  1. 1 :  full of or marked by sorrow a sorrowful goodbye

  2. 2 :  expressive of or inducing sorrow sorrowful eyes

sorrowfully

play \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-f(ə-)lē, -ə-f(ə-)lē, ˈsȯr-\ adverb

sorrowfulness

play \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-fəl-nəs, -ə-fəl-, ˈsȯr-\ noun

Examples of sorrowful in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of sorrowful from the Web

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Before 12th Century

First Known Use of sorrowful

before 12th century


SORROWFUL Defined for English Language Learners

sorrowful

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Definition of sorrowful for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing sadness : full of sorrow


SORROWFUL Defined for Kids

sorrowful

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adjective sor·row·ful \ˈsär-ō-fəl, -ə-fəl\

Definition of sorrowful for Students

  1. 1 :  full of or showing sadness a sorrowful face

  2. 2 :  causing sadness a sorrowful tale



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