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Definition of "mournful" []

  • Feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful. (adjective)
  • Causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy: the mournful sound of a train whistle. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mournful" in a sentence
  • "They describe in mournful tones the image of the lonely CEO sitting in his office late at night filling out government forms."
  • "This is a poem describing in mournful fashion the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians."
  • "The fog and frost so hung about the black old gateway of the house, that it seemed as if the Genius of the Weather sat in mournful meditation on the threshold."