noun \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō, ˈsr-\

: a feeling of sadness or grief caused especially by the loss of someone or something

: a cause of grief or sadness

Full Definition of SORROW

a :  deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved
b :  resultant unhappy or unpleasant state <to their great sorrow they could not marry>
:  a cause of grief or sadness
:  a display of grief or sadness

Examples of SORROW

  1. I felt sorrow at the death of my friend.
  2. a life filled with joys and sorrows
  3. She had a secret sorrow.

Origin of SORROW

Middle English sorow, from Old English sorg; akin to Old High German sorga sorrow
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of SORROW

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse <a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death>. grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause <the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents>. anguish suggests torturing grief or dread <the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child>. woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery <cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city>. regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse <nagging regret for missed opportunities>.


intransitive verb

: to feel or express sorrow

Full Definition of SORROW

:  to feel or express sorrow
sor·row·er \ˈsär-ə-wər, ˈsr-\ noun

Examples of SORROW

  1. a sorrowing mother, grieving over the death of her son
  2. <the soldier's widow continued to sorrow long after her husband's last letter had turned yellow with age>

First Known Use of SORROW

before 12th century


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