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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

Full Definition of sorry

sor·ri·ersor·ri·est

  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>

sor·ri·ly play \-ə-lē\ adverb
sor·ri·ness play \-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sorry

  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 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




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