Definition of mournful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmôrnfəl/


Feeling, expressing, or inducing sadness, regret, or grief: the third boy stared fixedly at me with mournful, basset-hound eyes his voice on one track, mournful piano on another
More example sentences
  • Plunged headlong into joyful Christmas celebrations, Jack mooches around looking mournful and lugubrious.
  • He came over and sat by my chair, a look of mournful regret on his open honest little face.
  • Everett had a very deep bass voice that sounded perpetually gloomy and mournful when a person wasn't used to him.



Pronunciation: /ˈmôrnfəlē/
Example sentences
  • Writing about his own visit to southern Italy, he dwells mournfully on grubby children and cackling poultry.
  • She mournfully flicks through the faded family album as the bustling, chattering family next door noisily go about family life.
  • On Tuesday he reflected mournfully on politicians who ‘made promises they have failed to keep’.


Pronunciation: /ˈmôrnfəlnəs/
Example sentences
  • If you listen to Bach's ‘St. Matthew Passion,’ there is very little violence in the music; the overwhelming tone is one of mournfulness and sorrow.
  • ‘Yes, I do,’ she answered, with a note of mournfulness.
  • The score, by Zbigniew Preisner, suffuses the film with mournfulness.

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Syllabification: mourn·ful

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