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English definition of “sorrowful”


adjective     /ˈsɒr.əʊ.fəl/ US  /ˈsɔːr.ə-/ literary
very sad: With a sorrowful sigh she folded the letter and put it away.Feeling sad and unhappy sorrowfully     /-i/ US  /ˈsɔːr.ə-/ adverb
(Definition of sorrowful adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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