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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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  • It may have been only that last sentence which saved the lady so sorrowfully addressed from tearing his letter into shreds.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • He said his fish-hook had lost its charm and sorrowfully he took it away with him in his canoe.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • Those poor people are now in prison, said Doctor Santos sorrowfully.

  • "Ah, you say you do, yet you refuse to do as I wish you," sorrowfully replied the siren.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • They looked each other in the face, and sorrowfully proceeded to the sacred exercises of the hour.

    Palissy the Huguenot Potter C. L. Brightwell
  • "So you are going to leave your old dad again," he asked, sorrowfully.

    Australia Revenged Boomerang
  • Then he put her body and her lover's body on his horse, and walked beside them sorrowfully until he reached Arthur's Court.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • "No; I am as much alone in the world as one well can be," rejoined he, sorrowfully.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
Word Origin and History for sorrowfully



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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