Synonyms of 'mournful'
feeling or expressing grief and sadnessHe looked mournful, even near to tears.
You can't occupy yourself with dismal thoughts all the time.
The loss left me feeling sad and empty.
Her boss is horrible and she is desperately unhappy.
She went to bed, miserable and depressed.
He is gloomy about the fate of the economy.
It was at this time of day that I felt most melancholy.
The pair were in sombre mood.
I was heartbroken when you left.
He was desolate without her.
those woeful people to whom life had dealt a bad hand
He shook his head and gave me a rueful smile.
My parents' faces were heavy with fallen hope.
a glum, downcast expression
He plays it so slowly that it becomes lugubrious.
He was looking increasingly disconsolate.
His work load had become so enormous that life seemed joyless.
He addressed the group in funereal tones.
She looked as heavy-hearted as she felt.
down in the dumps (informal),
They were like a restless, cheerless throng of lost souls.
I was brokenhearted when she left.
(of a sound) suggestive or reminiscent of grief or sadnessthe mournful wail of bagpipes
a sad state of affairs
the distressing symptoms of anxiety
She is a tragic figure.
painful, , , ,
His remark brought back painful memories.
He survived in spite of suffering grievous injuries.
a woeful ballad about lost love
Many of them work under deplorable conditions.
This lamentable state of affairs lasted until 1947.
Her voice was small and plaintive.
His father's face looked suddenly soft and sorrowful.
a piteous sight
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in the sense of brokenhearted
overwhelmed by grief or disappointmentI was brokenhearted when she left.
in the sense of cheerless
dreary or gloomyThey were like a restless, cheerless throng of lost souls.
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