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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But the former Libyan dictator was right about the importance of unity, something his country has sorely lacked since he was killed in a revolution in 2011. The Economist, "How to put Libya back together," 4 July 2019 Since Mousa Dembele's departure in January, Spurs have been sorely lacking a midfield enforcer., "4 Positions Tottenham Need to Strengthen to Go the Distance in 2019/20," 2 July 2019 This gratitude is sorely lacking in those today, on the left and the right, who condemn the Founding tout court. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/16," 16 June 2019 He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends., "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/15," 15 June 2019 The changes are part of ongoing efforts to make sorely needed budget cuts. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Councilwoman asks Sweetwater school district to reconsider decision to cut bus stops," 12 June 2019 Kevin Durant’s best-effort defense has been sorely missed, and head coach Steve Kerr enters Game 5 without a clear idea of whom to start at center. Bruce Jenkins,, "Size is bothering Warriors in NBA Finals against Raptors. That’s a first," 8 June 2019 The Warriors sorely missed the offensive punch of Thompson and Durant, but those are two are also pretty special defensive players. Scott Ostler,, "Warriors’ ‘Strength in Numbers’ takes Game 3 gut punch. Here’s the reality," 5 June 2019

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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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