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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
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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  • And now the sister wept over her poor bewitched brother, and the little roe wept also, and sat sorrowfully near to her.
  • She gazed and gazed through her tears, and so mounted the stairs sorrowfully back to her own chamber.
Word Origin and History for sorrowfully

sorrowful

adj.

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

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