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1sorrow

noun sor·row \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

1
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>
2
:  a cause of grief or sadness
3
:  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>.

2sorrow

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
SORROWER Defined for Kids

1sorrow

noun sor·row \ˈsär-ō\

Definition of SORROW for Kids

1
:  sadness felt after a loss (as of someone or something loved)
2
:  a cause of grief or sadness <He moved away to forget his sorrows.>
3
:  a feeling of regret

Synonym Discussion of SORROW

sorrow, grief, and woe mean a feeling of great sadness. sorrow is used for a feeling that something has been lost and often feelings of guilt and regret. <He expressed sorrow for having caused the accident.> grief is used for a feeling of great sorrow usually for a particular reason. <She felt grief over the death of her pet.> woe is used for a feeling of hopelessness and misery. <All my troubles left me in a state of woe.>

2sorrow

verb
sor·rowedsor·row·ing

Definition of SORROW for Kids

:  to feel or express sorrow :  grieve

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