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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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  • It may have been only that last sentence which saved the lady so sorrowfully addressed from tearing his letter into shreds.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • "I don't wish to stay here any longer," I added, sorrowfully.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • Those poor people are now in prison, said Doctor Santos sorrowfully.

  • "No, of course you are not Cousin Abner's girls," she said sorrowfully.

  • They looked each other in the face, and sorrowfully proceeded to the sacred exercises of the hour.

    Palissy the Huguenot Potter C. L. Brightwell
  • "But I don't like to have you all alone," Nat would say, sorrowfully.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • Then he put her body and her lover's body on his horse, and walked beside them sorrowfully until he reached Arthur's Court.

    King Arthur and His Knights Maude L. Radford
  • The servants were in the hall, sorrowfully 20 awaiting the departure of their kind patrons.

    Eric Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels
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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