As adjectives the difference between doleful and wistful
is that doleful
is filled with grief, mournful, bringing feelings of sadness while wistful
is full of yearning or longing.
Filled with grief, mournful, bringing feelings of sadness.
- The doleful peal of the bell indicated another funeral was being held.
full of yearning or longing
sad and thoughtful
- His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.
* (thoughtful sadness) (l)