[mawrn-fuh l, mohrn-]
- feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful; sad.
- of or relating to mourning for the dead.
- causing grief or lament: a mournful occasion.
- gloomy, somber, or dreary, as in appearance or character: mournful shadows.
Origin of mournful
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Examples from the Web for mournful
The familiar and mournful theme song, “Suicide Is Painless,” filled the room.Almost Famous: A Father's Day Story
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These aren't stomping tunes, but tender and mournful folk songs, a bespoke genre.Why No Oscar Love For 'Inside Llewyn Davis'?
January 20, 2014
"Nothing here but Oxy and coal," says one of the subjects of Sean Dunne's mournful documentary Oxyana.How Drugs Ruined This Small Town
April 29, 2013
Grant might have had a faint, mournful, ironic chuckle over this.‘The Man Who Saved the Union’ by H.W. Brands: The Forgotten General Grant
October 6, 2012
His daughter is crossing the street, holding his hand, when he hears a whistle blow—loud, mournful, insistent.Parents Need to Act Against Climate Change for Their Kids’ Sake
July 18, 2012
Is not thy tongue a-weary, mournful talker of two centuries?A Bell's Biography
And yet, when all has been said, we are confronted with a mournful but stubborn fact.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
My voice had a faltering, mournful sound, and there was no answer.In the Valley
Mournful, despondent, half broken-hearted, she resumed her journey.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The villages passed, mournful and solitary under the burning sun.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- evoking grief; sorrowful
- gloomy; sad
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Word Origin and History for mournful
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