Doleful vs Wistful - What's the difference?

doleful | wistful |


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.

doleful

English

Adjective

(er)
  • Filled with grief, mournful, bringing feelings of sadness.
  • The doleful peal of the bell indicated another funeral was being held.

    wistful

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • full of yearning or longing
  • His eyes grew wistful as he recalled his university days.
  • sad and thoughtful
  • Synonyms

    * (thoughtful sadness) (l)

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