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sorrow

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noun sor·row \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō, ˈsȯr-\

Definition of sorrow

  1. 1a :  deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something lovedb :  resultant unhappy or unpleasant state to their great sorrow they could not marry

  2. 2 :  a cause of grief or sadness

  3. 3 :  a display of grief or sadness

Examples of sorrow in a Sentence

  1. I felt sorrow at the death of my friend.

  2. a life filled with joys and sorrows

  3. She had a secret sorrow.

Origin and Etymology of sorrow

Middle English sorow, from Old English sorg; akin to Old High German sorga sorrow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of sorrow

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse. a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause. the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents anguish suggests torturing grief or dread. the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery. cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse. nagging regret for missed opportunities

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sorrow

verb sor·row

Definition of sorrow

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to feel or express sorrow

sorrower

play \ˈsär-ə-wər, ˈsȯr-\ noun

Examples of sorrow in a Sentence

  1. a sorrowing mother, grieving over the death of her son

  2. the soldier's widow continued to sorrow long after her husband's last letter had turned yellow with age

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of sorrow

before 12th century



SORROW Defined for English Language Learners

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sorrow

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noun sor·row \ˈsär-(ˌ)ō, ˈsȯr-\

Definition of sorrow for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of sadness or grief caused especially by the loss of someone or something

  • : a cause of grief or sadness

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sorrow

verb sor·row

Definition of sorrow for English Language Learners

  • : to feel or express sorrow


SORROW Defined for Kids

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sorrow

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noun sor·row \ˈsär-ō\

Definition of sorrow for Students

  1. 1 :  sadness felt after a loss (as of someone or something loved)

  2. 2 :  a cause of grief or sadness He moved away to forget his sorrows.

  3. 3 :  a feeling of regret


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sorrow

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verb sor·row

Definition of sorrow for Students

sorrowed

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sorrowing

  1. :  to feel or express sorrow :  grieve



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