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[sor-uh-fuh l, sawr-] /ˈsɒr ə fəl, ˈsɔr-/
full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.
showing or expressing sorrow; mournful; plaintive:
a sorrowful song.
involving or causing sorrow; distressing:
a sorrowful event.
Origin of sorrowful
before 900; Middle English sorowful, Old English sorgful. See sorrow, -ful
Related forms
sorrowfully, adverb
sorrowfulness, noun
oversorrowful, adjective
oversorrowfully, adverb
oversorrowfulness, noun
1. unhappy, grieving. 2. melancholy. 3. piteous, heartbreaking. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sorrowful
  • There was a sorrowful embrace between the president's brother and his widow.
  • We are left with a sorrowful sense of wrong turnings taken, never to be retraced.
  • Not that sorrowful image of them being retired on the tarmac and grounded forever.
  • He said it was a false representation of him-he didn't want to be portrayed as a sorrowful character.
  • There is no cure, of course, and each family's fight is an often-frustrating and sorrowful emotional journey.
  • And when they had drunk the wine their sorrowful memories went from them, and they spoke to each other without regretfulness.
  • Of nearly all the songs, however, the music is distinctly sorrowful.
  • Be thou anxious now and sorrowful for thy sins, that in the day of judgment thou mayest have boldness with the blessed.
  • To these crocodile tears they will add sobs, fiery sighs, and sorrowful countenance.
  • She was bowed down by no especial grief, and rather solemn than sorrowful.
Word Origin and History for sorrowful

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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