soul·​ful | \ ˈsōl-fəl \

Definition of soulful

: full of or expressing feeling or emotion soulful music

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Other Words from soulful

soulfully \ ˈsōl-​fə-​lē \ adverb
soulfulness noun

Examples of soulful in a Sentence

a handsome actor with soulful eyes

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In Summer Vacation — the series’ third film, opening Friday, July 13 — the adorable Tinkles, with his large, soulful eyes, sneaks onboard a giant cruise ship alongside his monster pals to join them for a relaxing vacation. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Hotel Transylvania’s blockbuster success, explained in one giant dog and one tiny hat," 13 July 2018 As two mega-talented British singer-songwriters who belt out soulful torch ballads with their multi octave-spanning voices, Adele and Sam Smith have faced comparisons for years. Jordan Runtagh,, "Adele Slowed Down Sounds Eerily Like Sam Smith, Twitter Claims," 7 Feb. 2018 Common teams up with fellow Chicago native Kanye West, who offers a feature and his soulful imprint on the production. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "32 Hits That Surprisingly Make Great Thanksgiving Songs," 20 Nov. 2018 Gotye's soulful sounds, combined with the retro telephone imagery, watery blue pictures, and everything in between, made the concert an amazing experience for the eyes and the ears. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Concert Recap: Gotye," 27 Sep. 2012 That’s too bad, as the series offers a soulful, thoughtful look at the human cost of the military industrial complex, right alongside a twisty conspiracy thriller straight out of the 1970s. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Amazon and Julia Roberts dive into a twisty paranoid thriller.," 20 Nov. 2018 Sarah's soulful sound turns the chairs of three coaches—Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton—but particularly impresses Kelly, who presses her button first. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice’ Coach Kelly Clarkson Is Stunned By This 15-Year-Old’s Blind Audition," 23 Sep. 2018 Last year, the eight-member band—called Lawrence—released their debut album Breakfast, a soulful collection of pop songs that showed off not only impressive musicianship as well as the siblings' complementary voices. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Meet Lawrence, the World Economic Forum’s Favorite Rock Band," 11 May 2017 Xavier Bonner Trio Xavier Bonner weaves threads of the soulful and the metaphysical into his mesmerizing jazz compositions. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Idiot Kids at Outer Limits, Nick Speed at the Old Miami," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of soulful

1860, in the meaning defined above

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: full of or expressing feeling or emotion

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