sorry

adjective sor·ry \ ˈsär-ē , ˈsȯr- \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of sorry

sorrier; sorriest
1 : feeling sorrow, regret, or penitence
2 : mournful, sad
3 : inspiring sorrow, pity, scorn, or ridicule : pitiful
  • their affairs were in a sorry state

sorrily

play \ˈsär-ə-lē, ˈsȯr-\ adverb

sorriness

play \ˈsär-ē-nəs, ˈsȯr-\ noun

Examples of sorry in a Sentence

  1. I'm sorry if I offended you.

  2. She was sorry to hear about their divorce.

  3. I'm sorry for your loss.

  4. I'm sorry for saying that.

  5. I'm sorry that I wasted your time.

  6. What a sorry state of affairs we're in now.

  7. That's the sorriest excuse I've heard.

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Origin and Etymology of sorry

Middle English sory, from Old English sārig, from sār sore

Synonym Discussion of sorry

contemptible, despicable, pitiable, sorry, scurvy mean arousing or deserving scorn. contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values.
    • a contemptible liar
despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation.
    • a despicable crime
pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity.
    • a pitiable attempt at tragedy
sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness.
    • this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car
scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust.
    • a scurvy crew of hangers-on


SORRY Defined for English Language Learners

sorry

adjective

Definition of sorry for English Language Learners

  • : feeling sorrow or regret

  • —used to express polite regret

  • —used to introduce disappointing or bad news in a polite way


SORRY Defined for Kids

sorry

adjective sor·ry \ ˈsär-ē \

Definition of sorry for Students

sorrier; sorriest
1 : feeling sorrow or regret
  • I'm sorry I lied.
2 : causing sorrow, pity, or scorn : pitiful
  • a sorry sight
  • a sorry excuse


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