from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of or causing sighs; mournful.


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  • It touched me deeply to note with what painful care she set herself to correct the grammatical errors and roughness of her speech; often she would fall to a sighful despondency because of her ignorance and at such times it was, I think, that I loved her best, vowing I would not change her for any proud lady that was or ever had been; whereof ensued such conversations as the following:

    Peregrine's Progress

  • Nay, puff not, sighful Pertinax, but for thy comforting mark this -- she hath viewed and heeded thy outward man narrowly -- so shall she not forget thee soon; she with woman's eye hath marked the great heart of thee through sorry habit and rusty mail, and found therein the love thy harsh tongue might not utter; and thus, methinks, she hath thee in mind -- aye, even now, mayhap.

    The Geste of Duke Jocelyn

  • The music was faint and sweet, with the sighful quality of an Æolian harp.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)

  • She stood and looked at it all, at one thing and the other, half dazzled with the beauty; until she recollected herself, and with a deep sighful expression of thoughts and wishes unknown, turned away to find her path again.

    The Hills of the Shatemuc


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