Thursday, December 2, 2010


Tristful \TRIST-fuhl\ , adjective;
1. Full of sadness; sorrowful

According to the Oxford English Dictionary this word is a combination of trist + -ful, which is obvious. Trist is an archaic word for "sad" that comes directly from French triste ("sad") which derives from Latin tristis ("sad, sorrowful, gloomy"). Proven├žal trist(e), Spanish triste, Portuguese triste, and Italian tristo all come from this Latin root as well and mean approximately the same thing.

*Today's word and the first definition were both taken from's 'Word of the Day' for Thursday, December 2

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