Definitions

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  • n. The property of being mournful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being mournful; sorrow; grief; the state of mourning; the quality of sadness.
  • n. An appearance or expression of grief.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of gloomy sorrow

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Examples

  • The erotic, in all its mournfulness, is merely one of its figures.

    Remembering to Die

  • It is not, however, Perosi's dramatic genius that strikes me in his work; it is rather his peculiar mournfulness, which is indescribable, his gift of pure poetry, and the richness of his flowing melody.

    Musicians of To-Day

  • Never did the old dining-hall and the staircases, balustraded -- on whose gray stone a leaf, the first of many, rustles -- seem more intense and pregnant with that mystic mournfulness which is the Thames, and which is London.

    Mike Fletcher A Novel

  • The leaves were falling silently in the woods about Arden, and the whole scene wore that aspect of subdued mournfulness which is pleasant enough to the light of heart, but very sad to those who mourn.

    The Lovels of Arden

  • Its fainter tones assumed a kind of mournfulness, and were finally lost in the hush and solemnity of the wood.

    The Blithedale Romance

  • And a certain mournfulness that left more than a few people struggling to find the "proper" context for what was happening.

    Cathleen Falsani: Osama Bin Laden Is Dead. Discuss

  • The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good reminded us: Our response is disciplined by belief that war itself is tragic and that all killing in war, even in self-defense, must be treated with sobriety and even mournfulness.

    Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster: Reacting To The Death Of Osama Bin Laden: We Should Reflect, Not Rejoice

  • For those of us who embrace a version of the just war theory, honed carefully over the centuries of Christian tradition, our response is disciplined by belief that war itself is tragic and that all killing in war, even in self-defense, must be treated with sobriety and even mournfulness.

    Dr. David P. Gushee: 'Do Not Rejoice When Your Enemies Fall'

  • There is an accent of jubilation in these words, which would ill suit her grief and the mournfulness of the rest of her chants.

    Gueranger: The Mystery of Passiontide and Holy Week

  • I find their recording infinitely preferable, supplanting as it does the durge-like mournfulness of Mary Travers with the much higher register, bell-like purity and warmth of the young Judith Durham.

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