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sorrow

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noun sor·row \ ˈsär-(ˌ)ō , ˈsȯr- \

Definition of sorrow

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

Recent Examples of sorrow from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sorrow

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

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

Definition of sorrow

intransitive verb
: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

Recent Examples of sorrow from the Web

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First Known Use of sorrow

before 12th century



SORROW Defined for English Language Learners

sorrow

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noun

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


sorrow

verb

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 :sadness felt after a loss (as of someone or something loved)
2 :a cause of grief or sadness
  • He moved away to forget his sorrows.
3 :a feeling of regret

Synonym Discussion of sorrow

sorrow, grief, and woe mean a feeling of great sadness. sorrow is used for a feeling that something has been lost and often feelings of guilt and regret.
    • He expressed sorrow for having caused the accident.
grief is used for a feeling of great sorrow usually for a particular reason.
    • She felt grief over the death of her pet.
woe is used for a feeling of hopelessness and misery.
    • All my troubles left me in a state of woe.

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sorrow

verb

Definition of sorrow for Students

sorrowed; sorrowing
:to feel or express sorrow :grieve


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