What does mournful mean?

Definitions for mournful
ˈmɔrn fəl, ˈmoʊrn-mourn·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mournful, plaintiveadjective

    expressing sorrow

  2. doleful, mournfuladjective

    filled with or evoking sadness

    "the child's doleful expression"; "stared with mournful eyes"; "mournful news"


  1. mournfuladjective

    Filled with grief or sadness; being in a state in which one mourns.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mournfuladjective

    Etymology: mourn and full.

    No funeral rites, nor man in mournful weeds,
    Nor mournful bell shall ring her burial. William Shakespeare.

    The winds within the quiv’ring branches play’d,
    And dancing trees a mournful musick made. Dryden.

    Upon his tomb
    Shall be engrav’d the sack of Orleans;
    The treach’rous manner of his mournful death. William Shakespeare.

    The mournful fair,
    Oft as the rolling years return,
    With fragrant wreaths and flowing hair,
    Shall visit her distinguish’d urn. Matthew Prior.

    No mournful bell shall ring her burial. William Shakespeare.

    On your family’s old monument
    Hang mournful epitaphs. William Shakespeare.


  1. mournful

    Mournful refers to a feeling or expression of deep sorrow, grief, or sadness typically associated with loss or death. It can also describe a situation, condition, or thing that causes or contributes to this state of sadness or sorrow.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mournfuladjective

    full of sorrow; expressing, or intended to express, sorrow; mourning; grieving; sad; also, causing sorrow; saddening; grievous; as, a mournful person; mournful looks, tones, loss

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mournful in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mournful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mournful in a Sentence

  1. The Residents "Duck Stab":Bach is Dead:

    Walking women want to see the southern cross at night And so they set aside a sock, and tie their laces tight Yes mournful is the melody that echoes in their heads Without a beat they march along, believing Bach is dead.

  2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    'Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, and things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art; to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul.'

  3. Ry Cooder:

    The blues is so expressive - nostalgic but not sentimental, mournful but not pathetic, so humble and close to the earth. It's a nuance-filled thing.

  4. Tom Wolfe:

    This mournful incident is a stark reminder of the risks—and sacrifices—our law enforcement officers undertake every day to keep us safe.

  5. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Tell me not, in mournful numbers,Life is but an empty dreamFor the soul is dead that slumbers,and things are not what they seem.Life is real Life is earnestAnd the grave is not its goalDust thou art to dust returnest,Was not spoken of the soul.

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