Sorrowful vs Dolent - What's the difference?

sorrowful | dolent |


As adjectives the difference between sorrowful and dolent

is that sorrowful is of a person, full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed; distraught while dolent is (archaic) sad, sorrowful.

sorrowful

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Of a person, full of sorrow; exhibiting sorrow; sad; dejected; distressed; distraught.
  • Producing sorrow; exciting grief; mournful; lamentable; grievous.
  • sorrowful accident
  • * 1900 , L. Frank Baum , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
  • She threw her arms around the Lion's neck and kissed him, patting his big head tenderly. Then she kissed the Tin Woodman, who was weeping in a way most dangerous to his joints. But she hugged the soft, stuffed body of the Scarecrow in her arms instead of kissing his painted face, and found she was crying herself at this sorrowful parting from her loving comrades.

    Synonyms

    * See also * mournful, lamentable, grievous * See also

    dolent

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (archaic) Sad, sorrowful.
  • * 1874 ,
  • Poor wretch! who once hath paced that dolent city
    Shall pace it often, doomed beyond all pity,
    With horror ever deepening from the first.
  • * 1969 , Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor , Penguin 2011, p. 148:
  • *:‘Did you find them all, Uncle Van?’ she inquired, sighing, laying her dolent head on his shoulder.