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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sorrowful mean? 

SORROWFUL (adjective)
  The adjective SORROWFUL has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SORROWFUL used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SORROWFUL (adjective)

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Experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss

Context examples:

sorrowful widows / a sorrowful tale of death and despair / sorrowful news / even in laughter the heart is sorrowful


grievous; heartbreaking; heartrending (causing or marked by grief or anguish)

mournful; plaintive (expressing sorrow)

lugubrious (excessively mournful)

lamenting; wailful; wailing (vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression)

woebegone; woeful (affected by or full of grief or woe)

elegiac (expressing sorrow often for something past)

dolorous; dolourous; lachrymose; tearful; weeping (showing sorrow)

brokenhearted; heartbroken; heartsick (full of sorrow)

bitter (expressive of severe grief or regret)

bereaved; bereft; grief-stricken; grieving; mourning; sorrowing (sorrowful through loss or deprivation)

anguished; tormented; tortured (experiencing intense pain especially mental pain)

sad (of things that make you feel sad)


unhappy (experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent)

joyless (not experiencing or inspiring joy)


joyful (full of or producing joy)

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