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

Definition of sorely

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The hilarity of Black women on television has been sorely missed and ignored by the Television Academy over multiple decades. Michael Schneider, Variety, 16 May 2022 Treinen is sorely missed, especially while the Dodgers are in the midst of playing 31 games in 30 days. Steve Hensonassistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Gaga’s old Hollywood tribute to her musical collaborator Tony Bennett soared due to her unquestionably flawless vocal abilities, but Bennett’s presence was sorely missed. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022 Both are integral to the Cavs’ trademark big lineups this season, and have been sorely missed in the tight race for playoff seeding. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 As expected, the Wildcats sorely missed guard Justin Moore, who suffered an Achilles injury in the final minute of an Elite Eight win against Houston. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 Butch Trucks and singer/keyboardist Gregg Allman both died in 2017 and are sorely missed. Matt Wake |, al, 22 Mar. 2022 The return of McClellan and Williams -- who were in uniform for the spring game but did not play -- from injuries will continue to add depth to a group that sorely needed it last season. Mike Rodak |, al, 20 Apr. 2022 If the part of Fanny’s faithful pal Eddie is sorely underwritten, Jared Grimes at least has a terrific showcase tap number, choreographed by Ayodele Casel. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sorely

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

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21 May 2022

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“Sorely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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