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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Recent Examples on the Web King saw Jesus in much the way that Douglass did: as a savior, a redeemer, and a liberator sorely degraded by those who claimed his name most loudly. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "What Thomas Jefferson Could Never Understand About Jesus," 28 Dec. 2020 Part of the human condition is the condition of needing money, and these two writers felt it sorely. James Parker, The Atlantic, "What Drives Writers to Drink?," 24 Dec. 2020 Many viewers hope Joe joins the storied lineup of Bachelorette guys who are sorely underappreciated before finally getting their due on Bachelor in Paradise. Lydia Wang,, "Joe From The Bachelorette Is Definitely Going To Be The Future King Of Paradise, Right?," 25 Nov. 2020 Almost every influential member of the House and Senate acknowledged that the relief was sorely needed, but it was impeded in part by last-minute Republican attempts to undercut Mr. Biden’s future authority. New York Times, "Pandemic Aid Bolsters Biden and Shows Potential Path for His Agenda in Congress," 21 Dec. 2020 Just as importantly, this is a very Tina Fabrique Christmas show as well, as well as a very TheaterWorks quality production which lifts spirits at a time when such melodious cheer is sorely needed., "‘A Very Ella Christmas’ brings the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald back to TheaterWorks in online concert special," 15 Dec. 2020 Relief for the performing arts industry is sorely needed. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Users turned 'Ratatouille' into a TikTok musical. Now, it will become a benefit for Broadway," 10 Dec. 2020 With rock-solid production and forceful delivery from both, Cardi and Megan could be rapping about woodland creatures (Wet Ass Platypuses?) and still deliver a defining anthem for a year that sorely needed some brash, unabashed NSFW fun. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020 But the offense has been resourceful, cutting down on the turnovers and demonstrating red zone efficiency that is sorely needed with six of New York’s past seven games decided by 3 points or less. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 13 roundtable: Who's getting the most out of the least?," 7 Dec. 2020

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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 Jan 2021

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“Sorely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sorely

: very much

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