cause of sorrow

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The larger the number of your family, the greater your cause of sorrow, in seeing them shut up in this prison-house.
It would be too painful to me to think that I might be a cause of sorrow or discord in the family that has been so good to me (she wrote), and my love has no aim but the happiness of those I love; so, Nicholas, I beg you to consider yourself free, and to be assured that, in spite of everything, no one can love you more than does
Lucy," said Maggie, with another great effort, "I pray to God continually that I may never be the cause of sorrow to you any more.
and having no son, which was a great cause of sorrow to him, seeing that with himself his dynasty would end, he had brought up several hopeful pupils.
The loss of life - apparently between 450 and 500 have been drowned - is a cause of sorrow that we cannot conceal.
And sad to be the cause of sorrow to yet another poor man.
Not only does he make a lot of seemingly unfounded generalizations and assertions about Catholics in Ireland, but he also draws a portrait, more akin to the sociology of the Winnipeg Statement, whereby the clergy is grim and marriage in Ireland was "difficult, grudging and a cause of sorrow .
2 : a cause of sorrow <The dog was nothing but grief to its owner.
In 1706, Ann Putnam publicly asked forgiveness of "all those I have given just cause of sorrow and offense.
An even more cause of sorrow is loss of something valuable, a job, a financial setback, a close friend, or a family member.