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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

intransitive verb sor·row

Definition of sorrow

  1. :  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

intransitive 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

sorrowing

  1. :  to feel or express sorrow :  grieve



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