Definition of sorrowful
- a sorrowful goodbye
- sorrowful eyes
adopted a sorrowful tone of voice to read the news story about the former governor's death
the cult seemed to be a sorrowful assemblage of emotionally scarred people seeking love and redemption
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before 12th century
bad, blue, brokenhearted, cast down, crestfallen, dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, doleful, down, downcast, downhearted, droopy, forlorn, gloomy, glum, hangdog, heartbroken, heartsick, heartsore, heavyhearted, inconsolable, joyless, low, low-spirited, melancholic, melancholy, miserable, mournful, sad, saddened, 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;
: feeling or showing sadness : full of sorrow
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