sorrowful

adjective

sor·​row·​ful ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-fəl How to pronounce sorrowful (audio)
-ə-fəl,
ˈsȯr-
1
: full of or marked by sorrow
a sorrowful goodbye
2
: expressive of or inducing sorrow
sorrowful eyes
sorrowfully
ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce sorrowful (audio)
-ə-f(ə-)lē
ˈsȯr-
adverb
sorrowfulness
ˈsär-(ˌ)ō-fəl-nəs How to pronounce sorrowful (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 The circumstances that dictated the need for the Negro Leagues are painful and sorrowful. Bob Kendrick, Washington Post, 17 June 2024 Being successful in America, according to Part II, inherently means becoming the bad guy, and Francis Ford Coppola mourns that fact, abetted by arguably Pacino’s finest, most sorrowful performance as a man who sells every bit of his soul to maintain his power. Will Leitch, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2024 An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time - one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2024 In an Instagram post announcing the release of The Tortured Poets Department, Swift described the record as: an anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time—one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 24 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sorrowful 

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sorrowful was before the 12th century

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“Sorrowful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sorrowful. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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sorrowful

adjective
sor·​row·​ful ˈsär-ō-fəl How to pronounce sorrowful (audio)
ˈsȯr-,
-ə-fəl
1
: full of or showing sorrow
a sorrowful good-bye
2
: expressive of or causing sorrow
sorrowful eyes
sorrowfully adverb

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