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[ sor-uh-fuhl, sawr- ]


  1. full of or feeling sorrow; grieved; sad.

    Synonyms: unhappy

  2. showing or expressing sorrow; mournful; plaintive:

    a sorrowful song.

    Synonyms: melancholy

  3. involving or causing sorrow; distressing:

    a sorrowful event.

    Synonyms: heartbreaking, piteous

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Other Words From

  • sorrow·ful·ly adverb
  • sorrow·ful·ness noun
  • over·sorrow·ful adjective
  • over·sorrow·ful·ly adverb
  • over·sorrow·ful·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sorrowful1

before 900; Middle English sorowful, Old English sorgful. See sorrow, -ful
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Example Sentences

Forsberg conveys the story’s sadness with the sorrowful ballad “Heart of Stone.”

Sanford subsequently engaged in sorrowful interviews with the Associated Press and other outlets, in an effort to be forgiven by South Carolinians.

Still, she said there have been many nights where she has lain awake, thinking of Floyd, sorrowful that she did not do more to save his life.

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It is also one of the few places in Georgia where the sorrowful beauty of the call to prayer still can be heard.

He was consumed by a sorrowful bitterness and cynicism that could only be responded to with large purses.

She felt very sorrowful as she smoothed the homely garments, and placed them in a small leathern trunk.

Ney and Marmont did not accompany the other Commissioners with their sorrowful terms; like rats they left the sinking ship.

For the affliction of the daughter of my people I am afflicted, and made sorrowful, astonishment hath taken hold on me.

The post-boy returned, sorrowful, to Petersfield, where he procured another horse and rode back to Liphook.

For she must always find something to be glad of before she could be sorrowful about any thing.