sorrowful

adjective
sor·​row·​ful | \ ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-fəl How to pronounce sorrowful (audio) , -ə-fəl, ˈsȯr- \

Definition of sorrowful

1 : full of or marked by sorrow a sorrowful goodbye
2 : expressive of or inducing sorrow sorrowful eyes

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Other Words from sorrowful

sorrowfully \ ˈsär-​(ˌ)ō-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sorrowfully (audio) , -​ə-​f(ə-​)lē , ˈsȯr-​ \ adverb
sorrowfulness \ ˈsär-​(ˌ)ō-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce sorrowfulness (audio) , -​ə-​fəl-​ , ˈsȯr-​ \ noun

Examples of sorrowful in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s poignancy, however, in sorrowful developments around Dudu and a livewire presence in Jefferson Brasil as a smart-mouthed drug dealer whose role ultimately becomes more significant. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pacified' ('Pacificado'): Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 25 Apr. 2020 The wall, designed by Maya Lin and dedicated in 1982, drew scathing criticism from some who deemed it too abstract and sorrowful. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Glenna Goodacre, artist who sculpted Vietnam Women’s Memorial, dies at 80," 17 Apr. 2020 The wall, designed by Maya Lin and dedicated in 1982, drew scathing criticism from some who deemed it too abstract and sorrowful. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Glenna Goodacre, artist who sculpted Vietnam Women’s Memorial, dies at 80," 15 Apr. 2020 USA TODAY Human tragedies like the COVID-19 virus are a sorrowful backdrop for an anniversary celebration. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: If this bull market is really finished, it's been a heck of a run," 6 Mar. 2020 Appearance, diet, and behavior Gray to white in color and lacking stripes, the Mekong giant catfish has very low-set eyes, which gives it a slightly sorrowful appearance. National Geographic, "Mekong giant catfish," 25 Feb. 2020 Giselle returns to her grave; Albrecht is left safe but sorrowful. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet serves up a superb ‘Giselle’ - The Boston Globe," 21 Sep. 2019 Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo, a longtime friend and colleague, made his almost-sorrowful feelings known on social media. Elaine Sung, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State coach Tom Izzo remarks on 'sad day' as Mark Dantonio retires," 4 Feb. 2020 Theo’s sorrowful humanity is founded on this loss, as is his bond with the sweet Pippa, an equally traumatized and fragile orphan. Ayşegül Savaş, Longreads, "In Defense of Boris the Russki," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sorrowful

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sorrowful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sorrowful. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for sorrowful

sorrowful

adjective
How to pronounce sorrowful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sorrowful

formal + literary : feeling or showing sadness : full of sorrow

sorrowful

adjective
sor·​row·​ful | \ ˈsär-ō-fəl How to pronounce sorrowful (audio) , -ə-fəl \

Kids Definition of sorrowful

1 : full of or showing sadness a sorrowful face
2 : causing sadness a sorrowful tale

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