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 (sŏr′ō-fəl, -ə-fəl, sôr′-)
1. Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow. See Synonyms at sad.
2. Causing sorrow: sorrowful news.

sor′row·ful·ly adv.
sor′row·ful·ness n.
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Adv.1.sorrowfully - in a sorrowful manner
2.sorrowfully - with sadness; in a sorrowful manner; "his mother looked at him dolefully when he told her he had joined the Army"
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بِحُزْنٍ، بأسى
meî hryggî; sorglega


[ˈsɒrəflɪ] ADVcon pena, tristemente
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[ˈsɒrəʊflɪ] advtristemente, con aria triste or desolata
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(ˈsorəu) noun
(something which causes) pain of mind or grief. He felt great sorrow when she died.
ˈsorrowful adjective
showing or feeling sorrow. sorrowful people; a sorrowful expression.
ˈsorrowfully adverb
ˈsorrowfulness noun
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References in classic literature ?
The "Old-Fashioned Girl" is not intended as a perfect model, but as a possible improvement upon [Page] the Girl of the Period, who seems sorrowfully ignorant or ashamed of the good old fashions which make woman truly beautiful and honored, and, through her, render home what it should be,-a happy place, where parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to love and know and help one another.
-- for we must." In terror she spoke; letting sink her Wings till they trailed in the dust -- In agony sobbed, letting sink her Plumes till they trailed in the dust -- Till they sorrowfully trailed in the dust.
Sorrowfully Dorothy left the Throne Room and went back where the Lion and the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman were waiting to hear what Oz had said to her.
Seriously and sorrowfully I close this brief record.
Presently he looked up at Nancy sorrowfully, and said--
Pierre, with a gentle smile of pity and remorse, his arms and legs helplessly spread out, stood with his broad chest directly facing Dolokhov looked sorrowfully at him.
Polly was looking sorrowfully at a rent in her pretty gauze gown, and Button-Bright's fox head had stuck fast in a gopher hole and he was wiggling his little fat legs frantically in an effort to get free.
Sorrowfully did he go about and wearily; and he became like unto those of whom the soothsayer had spoken.--
"Not but that it's good, of course, to send money to the heathen, and I shouldn't want 'em not to send SOME there," sighed Pollyanna to herself, as she trudged sorrowfully along.
Magdalen took her hand and went on, as sorrowfully and as steadily as before.
Talking wearied her, faces troubled her, pain claimed her for its own, and her tranquil spirit was sorrowfully perturbed by the ills that vexed her feeble flesh.
Presently Jeff Thatcher hove in sight, and Tom's face lighted; he gazed a moment, and then turned sorrowfully away.