mournfulness mournfulness


  • (n) a state of gloomy sorrow



  1. He may lack the dignity of the great beast, but he shares all of its innate mournfulness.
  2. As details about the suspect and reports of his chilling confession emerged, mournfulness turned to anger.
  3. While the style is no newer than the subjects, it is good to hear young musicians who have rediscovered the compelling mournfulness of harmonicas, saxophones and on-key melodies.


  • Halls of Earning: GW’s Continuing Adventures in D.C. Real Estate

    The death knell of the Corcoran Gallery of Art last month elicited a dirge from the sages of the D.C. art world, whose mournfulness overshadowed any sense of closure that might have come from the final breath of an institution long known to be suffering.
    on March 20, 2014     Source: Washington City Paper


  1. "Yolanda proved daily that it was possible to smile while wreathed in sadness," Angelou wrote. "In fact, she proved that the smile was more powerful and sweeter because it had to press itself through mournfulness to be seen, force itself...
    on May 24, 2007 By: Maya Angelou Source: FOX News

  2. "The depth of perception - the stirring mournfulness that comes from so many years of suffering - at some level we can all relate to that," says Pedro Eustache, a woodwind musician and ethnic instrument disciple who played the duduk in scores...
    on Oct 5, 2006 By: Pedro Eustache Source: Los Angeles Times

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