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sorrowful

[sor-uh-fuh l, sawr-] /ˈsɒr ə fəl, ˈsɔr-/
adjective
1.
full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.
2.
showing or expressing sorrow; mournful; plaintive:
a sorrowful song.
3.
involving or causing sorrow; distressing:
a sorrowful event.
Origin of sorrowful
900
before 900; Middle English sorowful, Old English sorgful. See sorrow, -ful
Related forms
sorrowfully, adverb
sorrowfulness, noun
oversorrowful, adjective
oversorrowfully, adverb
oversorrowfulness, noun
Synonyms
1. unhappy, grieving. 2. melancholy. 3. piteous, heartbreaking.
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adj.

Old English sorgful "sad, anxious, careful; distressing, doleful;" see sorrow (n.) + -ful. Related: Sorrowfully; sorowfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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