One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Georgina was tearful’
in tears, crying, weeping, sobbing, wailing, snivelling, whimpering
close to tears, on the verge of tears, with tears in one's eyes
emotional, upset, distressed, sad, unhappy
informal weepy, teary, blubbering, blubbing
rare lachrymose, larmoyant
happy, smiling, laughing
2‘a tearful farewell’
emotional, upsetting, distressing, sad, heartbreaking, heart-rending, sorrowful
poignant, moving, touching, tear-jerking, affecting, pathetic
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