Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affected with, marked by, causing, or expressing sorrow. See Synonyms at sad.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a person, full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed; distraught.
  • adj. Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed.
  • adj. Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feeling sorrow or grief; grieved; unhappy; sad.
  • Productive of sorrow; grievous; distressing; lamentable; pitiable.
  • Expressive or indicative of sorrow, grief, or regret; plaintive; pathetic.
  • Affected or accompanied by grief; melancholy; doleful; afflicted.
  • Synonyms Dismal, disconsolate, rueful, woful.

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

  • adj. experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss

Etymologies

sorrow +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And for a little while they halted in sorrowful silence at the place where the windmill had once stood.

    Animal Farm

  • The king gazed in sorrowful amazement at the change.

    The Golden Apple Tree

  • [Page 83] making in the Pleasant Ridge; sorrowful is the cry of the blackbird in Leiter Laeig.

    The Kiltartan Poetry Book: Prose Translations from the Irish

  • Oh, yes! you knew and loved her very well, and her death will have carried you back in sorrowful memory through how many years of constant friendly affectionate intercourse to the bright days when we were all young together, and now "behold I, I alone am left," of the four children of my father, left behind by them all, two of whom in natural course of human existence should have survived me.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • Were these miserable beings, who, worn and wretched, passed in sorrowful procession, the sole remnants of the race of man, which, like

    III.7

  • Note, The case of true believers, though sometimes it may be sorrowful, is never comfortless, because they are never orphans: for God is their Father, who is an everlasting Father.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • And you can see, in the background, Jesus turning to hear his beloved disciple renounce him, his expression sorrowful as Peter’s is tormented.

    2006 December « Whatever

  • If I were to give you a hint of what we feel at the sight of your handwriting, and at the receipt of a word from yourself about yourself, and the dear boys, and the precious little girls, I should begin to be sorrowful, which is rather the tendency of my mind at the close of another long book.

    The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 1 (of 3), 1833-1856

  • CCTV's statement said the broadcaster feels "sorrowful" for the fire and "sincerely apologizes for the traffic congestion and inconvenience that affect residents nearby."

    China State Broadcaster Accepts Blame for Fire

  • But before he reached home, while he was still in the train, Ambrose, thinking about it he could think of nothing else knew with a kind of sorrowful resignation that no such letter would be waiting for him.

    Piranha to Scurfy & Other Stories

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