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[sor-uh-fuh l, sawr-] /ˈsɒr ə fəl, ˈsɔr-/
full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.
showing or expressing sorrow; mournful; plaintive:
a sorrowful song.
involving or causing sorrow; distressing:
a sorrowful event.
Origin of sorrowful
before 900; Middle English sorowful, Old English sorgful. See sorrow, -ful
Related forms
sorrowfully, adverb
sorrowfulness, noun
oversorrowful, adjective
oversorrowfully, adverb
oversorrowfulness, noun
1. unhappy, grieving. 2. melancholy. 3. piteous, heartbreaking. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "I shall not know when morning comes," said he, sorrowfully.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Do you know, if I disappeared tonight, there's not a soul—" said Jenny, sorrowfully.

  • The lad came forward into the light, and eyed Sir Crispin sorrowfully.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He said his fish-hook had lost its charm and sorrowfully he took it away with him in his canoe.

    Legends of Wailuku Charlotte Hapai
  • "Ah, you say you do, yet you refuse to do as I wish you," sorrowfully replied the siren.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • Miss Amabel rose to her feet and stood regarding him sorrowfully.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • "So you are going to leave your old dad again," he asked, sorrowfully.

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  • “Why, it must be autumn,” she said sorrowfully, as she looked around.

Word Origin and History for sorrowfully



Old English sorgful "sad, anxious, careful; distressing, doleful;" see sorrow (n.) + -ful. Related: Sorrowfully; sorowfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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