from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful.
  • adjective Causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sorrowful; oppressed with grief.
  • Denoting or expressing mourning or sorrow; exhibiting the appearance of grief: as, mournful music; a mournful aspect.
  • Causing sorrow; deplorable; doleful: as, a mournful death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Full of sorrow; expressing, or intended to express, sorrow; mourning; grieving; sad; also, causing sorrow; saddening; grievous

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Filled with grief or sadness; being in a state in which one mourns.

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

  • adjective filled with or evoking sadness
  • adjective expressing sorrow


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