mournful


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mourn·ful

 (môrn′fəl)
adj.
1. Feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful.
2. Causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy: the mournful sound of a train whistle.

mourn′ful·ly adv.
mourn′ful·ness n.

mournful

(ˈmɔːnfʊl)
adj
1. evoking grief; sorrowful
2. gloomy; sad
ˈmournfully adv
ˈmournfulness n

mourn•ful

(ˈmɔrn fəl, ˈmoʊrn-)

adj.
1. feeling or expressing sorrow or grief.
2. causing grief.
3. gloomy, somber, or dreary, as in appearance or sound.
[1375–1425]
mourn′ful•ly, adv.
mourn′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mournful - expressing sorrow
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13
2.mournful - filled with or evoking sadness; "the child's doleful expression"; "stared with mournful eyes"; "mournful news"
sad - experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti

mournful

mournful

adjective
1. Full of or expressive of sorrow:
Translations
دالٌّ على الحُزْن
truchlivý
sorgfuld
sorgmæddur
trúchlivý
kederli

mournful

[ˈmɔːnfʊl] ADJ [person] → afligido; [tone, sound] → triste, lúgubre; [occasion] → triste, luctuoso

mournful

[ˈmɔːrnfəl] adjtriste, lugubre

mournful

adj (= sad) person, occasion, atmosphere, looktraurig, trauervoll; person (as character trait), voiceweinerlich; sigh, appearancekläglich, jämmerlich; sound, cryklagend

mournful

[ˈmɔːnfʊl] adj (person) → triste, malinconico/a; (tone, sound) → lugubre, funereo

mourn

(moːn) verb
to have or show great sorrow eg for a person who has died. She mourned (for) her dead son.
ˈmourner noun
The mourners stood round the graveside.
ˈmournful adjective
feeling or showing sorrow. a mournful expression.
ˈmournfully adverb
ˈmourning noun
1. grief shown eg because of someone's death.
2. black or dark-coloured clothes suitable for a mourner. She was wearing mourning.
References in classic literature ?
While we were disputing `about the ring, I heard a mournful voice calling, `Antonia, Antonia
Come, friend, don't be mournful for the colt; 'twas an innocent thing, and had not seen much hardship.
This mournful scene exhibited a horror almost unparalleled: Some torn and eaten by wild beasts; those in the river eaten by fishes; all in such a putrified condition, that no one could be distinguished from another.
One of these tunes, just as it had sounded from her spiritual touch, had been written down by an amateur of music; it was so exquisitely mournful that nobody, to this day, could bear to hear it played, unless when a great sorrow had made them know the still profounder sweetness of it.
But the little stream would not be comforted, and still kept telling its unintelligible secret of some very mournful mystery that had happened -- or making a prophetic lamentation about something that was yet to happen -- within the verge of the dismal forest.
He gave the most mournful, thoughtful little headshake.
If, then, to meanest mariners, and renegades and castaways, I shall hereafter ascribe high qualities, though dark; weave round them tragic graces; if even the most mournful, perchance the most abased, among them all, shall at times lift himself to the exalted mounts; if I shall touch that workman's arm with some ethereal light; if I shall spread a rainbow over his disastrous set of sun; then against all mortal critics bear me out in it, thou just spirit of equality, which hast spread one royal mantle of humanity over all my kind
And this is their utterance; merry and boisterous, or mournful and wailing, or passionate and rebellious, this music is their music, music of home.
he looked at me so mournful, as if he wondered why I didn't save him.
I felt a mournful sinking at the heart, and muttered: "I shall never see my friends again -- never, never again.
In the midst of this mournful spot was a decayed and aged little "frame" house with but one room, one window, and no ceiling--it had been a smoke-house a generation before.
It was a very still Sabbath, and the mournful sound seemed in keeping with the musing hush that lay upon nature.