sorrowful

Use the adjective sorrowful to describe a sad feeling, especially when it involves grief or loss. You feel sorrowful when you lose someone you love.

Sorrowful is a melancholy adjective: when your heart is broken, you are sorrowful, and when your beloved cat dies you're also sorrowful. There is a sense of permanent loss behind the word sorrowful. It comes from the sense of being "full of sorrow," and the ultimate root is the Old English word sorg, which means "grief, regret, trouble, or care."

Definitions of sorrowful
  1. adjective
    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”
    Synonyms:
    unhappy
    experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent
    anguished, tormented, tortured
    experiencing intense pain especially mental pain
    bereaved, bereft, grief-stricken, grieving, mourning, sorrowing
    sorrowful through loss or deprivation
    bitter
    expressive of severe grief or regret
    brokenhearted, heartbroken, heartsick
    full of sorrow
    dolorous, dolourous, lachrymose, tearful, weeping
    showing sorrow
    elegiac
    expressing sorrow often for something past
    grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending
    causing or marked by grief or anguish
    lamenting, wailful, wailing
    vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression
    lugubrious
    excessively mournful
    mournful, plaintive
    expressing sorrow
    sad
    of things that make you feel sad
    woebegone, woeful
    affected by or full of grief or woe
    joyless
    not experiencing or inspiring joy
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    Antonyms:
    joyful
    full of or producing joy
    happy
    enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure
    beatific
    experiencing or bestowing celestial joy
    overjoyed
    extremely joyful
    joyous
    full of or characterized by joy
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