sore·​ly | \ˈsȯr-lē \

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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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 The newspaper said in an editorial that anyone expecting national consensus to come from the death of five community journalists in Annapolis will be sorely disappointed. Fox News, "Media's Supreme Court scrutiny," 9 July 2018 Morocco, meanwhile, will be sorely disappointed to have not capitalized on their dominance and will regret their profligacy in front of goal. Matias Grez, CNN, "'I'm already missing a heartbeat': Iranian women get to watch their team at World Cup," 15 June 2018 Season 1 was known for its, ahem, relatively sensual (re: smokin') love scenes — something that was sorely missed in season 2 (so political!). Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Everything We Know About "Outlander" Season 3," 28 Aug. 2017 Their experience shows how workers are often left out of the narrative when industry leaders champion sorely needed tech solutions. Juliana Feliciano Reyes,, "Hotel housekeeping on demand: Marriott cleaners say this app makes their job harder," 2 July 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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