Synonyms for sorrowful

Synonyms for (adjective) sorrowful

Synonyms: sorrowful

Definition: experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss

Usage: sorrowful widows; a sorrowful tale of death and despair; sorrowful news; even in laughter the heart is sorrowful- Proverbs 14:13

Similar words: tormented, tortured, anguished

Definition: experiencing intense pain especially mental pain

Usage: an anguished conscience; a small tormented schoolboy; a tortured witness to another's humiliation


Similar words: bereaved, bereft, sorrowing, mourning, grief-stricken, grieving

Definition: sorrowful through loss or deprivation

Usage: bereft of hope


Similar words: bitter

Definition: expressive of severe grief or regret

Usage: shed bitter tears


Similar words: heartbroken, heartsick, brokenhearted

Definition: full of sorrow


Similar words: lachrymose, weeping, tearful, dolorous, dolourous

Definition: showing sorrow


Similar words: elegiac

Definition: expressing sorrow often for something past

Usage: an elegiac lament for youthful ideals


Similar words: heartbreaking, heartrending, grievous

Definition: causing or marked by grief or anguish

Usage: a grievous loss; a grievous cry; her sigh was heartbreaking; the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter


Similar words: lamenting, wailful, wailing

Definition: vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression

Usage: lamenting sinners; wailing mourners; the wailing wind; wailful bagpipes; tangle her desires with wailful sonnets- Shakespeare


Similar words: lugubrious

Definition: excessively mournful


Similar words: plaintive, mournful

Definition: expressing sorrow


Similar words: sad

Definition: of things that make you feel sad

Usage: sad news; she doesn't like sad movies; it was a very sad story; When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me- Christina Rossetti


Similar words: woebegone, woeful

Definition: affected by or full of grief or woe

Usage: his sorrow...made him look...haggard and...woebegone- George du Maurier