Definition of sorrowful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒrə(ʊ)fʊl/
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒrə(ʊ)f(ə)l/


1Feeling or showing grief: she looked at him with sorrowful eyes
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  • Whenever Harold falters, Albert produces one of his pained, sorrowful looks and laments about being a burden to him.
  • As if in mournful counterpoint to his own grief, the boy heard the clear, sorrowful notes of an alto sax keening and sobbing out a blues melody.
  • Don Quixote grows calm and sorrowful, and with good reason, as he approaches his final defeat at the hands of Sanson Carrasco.
1.1Causing grief: the sorrowful news of his father’s death
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  • There were prints of the front pages of some of the top international dailies with the sorrowful news that made headlines that day.
  • I'll be back later with the sorrowful news when I figure out how I want to say it.
  • Well, news which has sorrowful ramifications for the band anyway.



Pronunciation: /ˈsɒrə(ʊ)fʊli/ Pronunciation: /ˈsɒrə(ʊ)f(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • However, upon arriving on campus, I sorrowfully discovered that this club was hibernating.
  • Finally, he experienced a sort of seizure, and I watched sorrowfully as his wife wheeled him away.
  • He sorrowfully mumbled his last lines with his head trapped in the curtains.


Example sentences
  • Scenes of deep tragedy are treated with such a matter of factness and raw economy they become almost palpable in their unprotected sorrowfulness.
  • One day, when he was living with his mother in Ch'i, she was struck with the sorrowfulness of his aspect as he stood leaning against a pillar, and asked him the cause of it.
  • Let us take the sorrowfulness of Finnish music as an example.


Old English sorhful (see sorrow, -ful).

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