Definition of mournfulness in US English:

mournfulness

noun

  • See mournful

    • ‘Halet likes the song; there is something Turkish about its mournfulness.’
    • ‘The score, by Zbigniew Preisner, suffuses the film with mournfulness.’
    • ‘‘Yes, I do,’ she answered, with a note of mournfulness.’
    • ‘The second piece, marked Scherzo, intensifies the mournfulness into anguish and panic.’
    • ‘If you listen to Bach's ‘St. Matthew Passion,’ there is very little violence in the music; the overwhelming tone is one of mournfulness and sorrow.’
    • ‘He spins round and lifts the teapot with a smile, the mournfulness temporarily gone, trapped beneath a professional veneer.’
    • ‘There's a sombre mournfulness that suggests deep hurt and painful, reluctant acceptance.’

Pronunciation

mournfulness

/ˈmɔrnfəlnəs//ˈmôrnfəlnəs/