Etymology
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mournful (adj.)

"expressing sorrow; oppressed with grief; doleful," early 15c., morneful, from mourn + -ful. Related: Mournfully; mournfulness.

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Definitions of mournful

mournful (adj.)
expressing sorrow;
Synonyms: plaintive
mournful (adj.)
filled with or evoking sadness;
stared with mournful eyes
mournful news
Synonyms: doleful
From wordnet.princeton.edu