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mournful

[ mawrn-fuhl, mohrn- ]

adjective

  1. feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful; sad.
  2. of or relating to mourning mourning for the dead.
  3. causing grief or lament:

    a mournful occasion.

  4. gloomy, somber, or dreary, as in appearance or character:

    mournful shadows.



mournful

/ ˈmɔːnfʊl /

adjective

  1. evoking grief; sorrowful
  2. gloomy; sad


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Derived Forms

  • ˈmournfulness, noun
  • ˈmournfully, adverb

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Other Words From

  • mournful·ly adverb
  • mournful·ness noun
  • over·mournful adjective
  • over·mournful·ly adverb
  • over·mournful·ness noun
  • un·mournful adjective
  • un·mournful·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of mournful1

First recorded in 1375–1425, mournful is from the late Middle English word morneful. See mourn, -ful

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Example Sentences

It may be hard to find more mournful meaning in a mere number.

The Samaritaine department store—once grand, but recently shuttered at the time of the movie’s filming—had its own supporting role, looming over the proceedings like a mournful gray ghost.

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About Endlessness, meditative, mournful and subtly celebratory, reminds us to cherish the in-between.

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It’s meditative, mournful and gently funny, and celebratory, too, but in a muted way.

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The plaintiveness of his surrender is both funny and mournful.

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The familiar and mournful theme song, “Suicide Is Painless,” filled the room.

These aren't stomping tunes, but tender and mournful folk songs, a bespoke genre.

The proper melodies for putting Hebrew poems to music were Russian, and mostly mournful.

"Nothing here but Oxy and coal," says one of the subjects of Sean Dunne's mournful documentary Oxyana.

It followed one of the saddest and most profoundly mournful images of defeat.

Felipe watched over her as a lover might; her great mournful eyes followed his every motion.

A red moon hung above the mournful hills, and the stars shone in their myriads.

A cold and mournful wind blew down the street, ruffling the darkened river.

They jeered and sounded mournful notes without promise, devoid even of hope.

Half an hour later the island was silent as the grave, but for the mournful voices of the wind as it sighed up from the sea.

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