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1. Filled with or accompanied by tears: tearful eyes; a tearful farewell.
2. So piteous as to excite tears: a tearful melodrama.

tear′ful·ly adv.
tear′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.tearfulness - sadness expressed by weepingtearfulness - sadness expressed by weeping  
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
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táraflóî; tárarennsli
ağlamaklı olma


(tiə) noun
a drop of liquid coming from the eye, as a result of emotion (especially sadness) or because something (eg smoke) has irritated it. tears of joy/laughter/rage.
ˈtearful adjective
1. inclined to cry or weep; with much crying or weeping. She was very tearful; a tearful farewell.
2. covered with tears. tearful faces.
ˈtearfully adverb
ˈtearfulness noun
tear gas
a kind of gas causing blinding tears, used against eg rioters.
ˈtear-stained adjective
marked with tears. a tear-stained face.
in tears
crying or weeping. She was in tears over the broken doll.
References in classic literature ?
Seated with his back towards her on a sofa which stood against the wall on a line with the door by which she had entered, she saw Will Ladislaw: close by him and turned towards him with a flushed tearfulness which gave a new brilliancy to her face sat Rosamond, her bonnet hanging back, while Will leaning towards her clasped both her upraised hands in his and spoke with low-toned fervor.
Ah--that's owing to an accident--a misunderstanding; and we won't argue it," Tess answered, with tearfulness in her words.
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Mood swings, depression, irritability, anger, tearfulness, loss of confidence and feelings of worthlessness.
Symptoms vary from person to person but irritability, tearfulness, poor sleep, loss of appetite and a general disinterest in life are common early warning signs.