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tearful

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɪəfʊl
 
, -f(ə)l/

Definition of tearful in English:

adjective

1Crying or inclined to cry: a tearful infant Stephen felt tearful
More example sentences
  • No one can fail to be moved by the sight of a tearful mother wailing for her dead child.
  • It was an unhappy and sometimes tearful female who in the evening could not imagine how to face her job next morning.
  • Even though everybody is under 13, the room is quiet except for some tearful whimpers of fear and anticipated pain.
Synonyms
close to tears, on the verge of tears, with tears in one's eyes;
emotional, upset, distressed, sad, unhappy;
Scottish greeting
rare lachrymose, larmoyant
1.1Causing tears; sad or emotional: a tearful farewell
More example sentences
  • The film runs the gamut of emotions from tearful sickbed scenes to ruthless black comedy.
  • More than 2,000 people bade a tearful farewell to the man credited with having a huge impact in his fight for progress for the black community.
  • Girls from the Leaving Certificate classes brought along roses in a tearful farewell to their friend.
Synonyms

Derivatives

tearfully

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Emerging tearfully from the ITV television studios on London's South Bank, the hosts admitted to mixed feelings on leaving the show for the final time.
  • As she left the Court of Appeal in London with husband Terry, she declared tearfully she was ‘going home to be mummy to our precious daughter’.
  • In early 1999, he tearfully announced at a press conference that he had a rare liver disease and needed a transplant to live.

tearfulness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Symptoms may include feelings of sadness, tearfulness, and a sense of hopelessness.
  • Patients with delirium may display a wide range of emotions, including anxiety, sadness or tearfulness, and euphoria.
  • These almost forgotten painters were the radical artists of their time - social realists, albeit with a heavy dose of melodramatic tearfulness.

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