doleful | dolefully

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very sad

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doleful - sad

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If you are ‘doleful’ then your expression, manner, or voice is transmitting misery or sorrow. This word can also be used to express something that embodies those characteristics or a particular set of circumstances that might cause a person to feel that way. Always used in a negative context.

Synonyms gloomy
Antonyms buoyant

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  1. Kevin didn’t need to say anything for me to know that he was upset about something. He had a doleful expression on his face.

  2. These days, I find watching the news to be quite depressing. Rather than report on anything uplifting, it is instead always full of doleful stories.

  3. Ever since Sarah lost her job, she just spends her evenings sat dolefully in front of the TV. She needs to get back out into the world.

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