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sorry

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adjective sor·ry \ˈsär-ē, ˈsȯr-\

Simple Definition of sorry

  • : feeling sorrow or regret

  • —used to express polite regret

  • —used to introduce disappointing or bad news in a polite way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sorry

sorrier

sorriest

  1. 1 :  feeling sorrow, regret, or penitence

  2. 2 :  mournful, sad

  3. 3 :  inspiring sorrow, pity, scorn, or ridicule :  pitiful <their affairs were in a sorry state>

sorrily

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

sorriness

play \-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sorry in a sentence

  1. I'm sorry if I offended you.

  2. She was sorry to hear about their divorce.

  3. I'm sorry for your loss.

  4. I'm sorry for saying that.

  5. I'm sorry that I wasted your time.

  6. What a sorry state of affairs we're in now.

  7. That's the sorriest excuse I've heard.



Origin and Etymology of sorry

Middle English sory, from Old English sārig, from sār sore


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of sorry

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values <a contemptible liar>. despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation <a despicable crime>. pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity <a pitiable attempt at tragedy>. sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness <this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car>. scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust <a scurvy crew of hangers-on>.

Rhymes with sorry



SORRY Defined for Kids

sorry

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adjective sor·ry \ˈsär-ē\

Definition of sorry for Students

sorrier

sorriest

  1. 1 :  feeling sorrow or regret <I'm sorry I lied.>

  2. 2 :  causing sorrow, pity, or scorn :  pitiful <a sorry sight> <a sorry excuse>





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