soul·​ful | \ ˈsōl-fəl How to pronounce soulful (audio) \

Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion soulful music

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soulfully \ ˈsōl-​fə-​lē How to pronounce soulfully (audio) \ adverb
soulfulness noun

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes

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Jud’s wary, soulful, and ever-shifting expressions are displayed on the wall for the audience in a close-up that feels totally intrusive. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new Oklahoma! is a sexy, shocking revival for our times," 2 July 2019 The soulful, upbeat dedication is one of Rankin’s favorite songs on the album. Shauna Stuart |,, "With a celebration of black women, Watch the Duck set their summer comeback," 28 June 2019 Cosmos Sunshine just released a new album in early 2018 and the East Haddam native brings a soulful edge to his brand of rock 'n’ roll, one that should play exceptionally well in the brewery setting. Chip Mccabe,, "The Rose Arts Festival: Music all day, music all night, and so much in between. All of it free.," 24 June 2019 The song’s composition combined with Tess’s vocals is reminiscent of modern soulful favorites such as Corinne Bailey Rae meets early Amy Winehouse. Teen Vogue, "Tess Henley's "Same Girl" Single Debuts on Streaming Platforms," 21 June 2019 Where the first two were elegant, rich and soulful, the third was an expression of wild ambition. D.b., The Economist, "Joan As Police Woman is one of the 21st century’s best musicians," 10 June 2019 Think of the soulful and supremely gifted Miguel Adrover and his jackets made from Yankees caps or shreds of Quentin Crisp’s mattress. New York Times, "For New York Men’s Fashion, Small Is Beautiful," 5 June 2019 What’s not as visible are the superior but soulful Alceste’s bruised feelings. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "‘A Misanthrope’ brings Molière’s fabulous fakes into the 21st century," 5 June 2019 Outside of the show, her love of layered eclecticism translates into bold, soulful interiors, which reflect an elevated aesthetic that is equally comfortable and warm. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "See the Dramatic Reveal from the Best Room Wins Series Premiere," 2 May 2019

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First Known Use of soulful

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of soulful was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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