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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Either way, the Chiefs could sorely use the salary cap relief to shore up other areas of the defense. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defensive," 20 Feb. 2019 The cold didn’t stop the boys from devouring the treats, although Owen was sorely disappointed that the mango flavor wasn’t more yellow. Bethany Ao,, "These people braved the nor'easter for a Philly tradition: free Rita's Water Ice," 20 Mar. 2018 Those Alaskans and those in the national government expecting an economic bonanza from refuge drilling may be sorely disappointed, for at this point, no one knows what's there. Steve Haycox, Anchorage Daily News, "Economic reality sets the stage for tension over ANWR drilling," 9 Mar. 2018 Anyone expecting fireworks at Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate in San Francisco must have been sorely disappointed. Sarah D. Wire,, "California Republicans share what it was like during train crash as members of Congress headed to a retreat," 31 Jan. 2018 Whoever said these things only belong on the kids menu is sorely mistaken. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "15 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Childhood Foods," 26 Mar. 2019 Anyone who thought the prospect of a deadline would clarify British minds on Brexit is turning out to be sorely mistaken. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brexit Delayed or Denied," 26 Feb. 2019 The 32-year-old has a release clause in his contract that allows him to leave the Wanda Metropolitano for around £18m, but these claims seem to be sorely mistaken., "Initial Reports Shown as False After Story Links Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin With Man Utd Move," 26 June 2018 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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