sore·​ly | \ ˈsȯr-lē How to pronounce sorely (audio) \

Definition of sorely

1 : in a sore manner : painfully
2 : very, extremely sorely needed changes

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Examples of sorely in a Sentence

You will be sorely missed. She provided some sorely needed help. The house is sorely in need of paint. He is sorely lacking in social skills.
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Arguably, Marvel Studios' biggest surprise of the year came in the form of Ant Man and the Wasp, a film the studio sorely needed after Infinity War's combination of feeling too long, too short, and too logically broken. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Razer HyperSense Razer wants to bring immersion to your peripherals too, using a technology sorely underutilized on PCs: haptic feedback. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 But this kind of relatable situation has been sorely lacking in The Walking Dead lately. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead’s midseason finale got the show back on track," 26 Nov. 2018 Bert and Ernie is a model for friendship that boys sorely lack. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "As the Mom of a Toddler, I Don't Need Bert and Ernie to Be Gay," 20 Sep. 2018 The news feels like the kind of breath of fresh air that the NFL sorely needs right now. Dan Barna, Glamour, "The NFL Will Have Male Cheerleaders Next Season," 7 Aug. 2018 Senator McCain will be sorely missed but his impact lives on. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How John McCain's Children Were Shaped by His Political Career," 27 Aug. 2018 The challenge now is to find the thing that has been sorely lacking for some time: not success, but stability. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Barnes & Noble Too Big to Fail?," 6 July 2018 The teens alternated between laughter and more serious confessions from their own lives about coming out, using social media to feel less alone, and looking for on-screen role models that have been sorely lacking. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco LGBTQ teens feel the love for movie ‘Love, Simon’," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sorely

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sorely was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sorely

: very much

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to corrupt or become corrupted

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