Word of the DayThursday, December 02, 2010
\TRIST-fuhl\ , adjective;
Full of sadness; sorrowful.
It ran as follows: showing that he was at least an accomplished writer, and no mere boor, and what is more, was capable of the most tristful eloquence.
-- Herman Melville, "The Hermit Oberlus," The Encantadas
He brushed by a gaunt, cadaverous, tristful man in a black raincoat with a star-shaped scar in his cheek and a glossy mutilated depression the size of an egg in one temple.
-- Joseph Heller, Catch-22: a novel
Tristful stems from the Old French triste, "sad."
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