sore·​ly ˈsȯr-lē How to pronounce sorely (audio)
: in a sore manner : painfully
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Sorely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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sore·​ly ˈsō(ə)r-lē How to pronounce sorely (audio)
: in a sore manner

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