English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'mournful'

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

Additional synonyms

in the sense of brokenhearted
Definition
overwhelmed by grief or disappointment
I was brokenhearted when she left.
Synonyms
in the sense of cheerless
Definition
dreary or gloomy
They were like a restless, cheerless throng of lost souls.
in the sense of deplorable
Definition
very bad or unpleasant
Many of them work under deplorable conditions.

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