sorrow

noun
sor·​row | \ ˈsär-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce sorrow (audio) , ˈsȯr- \

Definition of sorrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

sorrow

verb
sorrowed; sorrowing; sorrows

Definition of sorrow (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to feel or express sorrow

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Other Words from sorrow

Verb

sorrower \ ˈsär-​ə-​wər How to pronounce sorrower (audio) , ˈsȯr-​ \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of sorrow in a Sentence

Noun I felt sorrow at the death of my friend. a life filled with joys and sorrows She had a secret sorrow. Verb a sorrowing mother, grieving over the death of her son the soldier's widow continued to sorrow long after her husband's last letter had turned yellow with age
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There was jubilation in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and sorrow and anger in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "In Bitter Nagorno-Karabakh War, a Reordering of Regional Powers," 10 Nov. 2020 This wasn’t the sorrow of sore losers — this was the despair of people who were afraid of what a Trump presidency would mean for marginalised communities, for the health and safety of millions around the world, and for the future of the U.S. nation. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "Nah, You Don’t Need To Feel Empathy For Trump," 8 Nov. 2020 And for all that joy, there was equal parts sorrow, anger and mistrust on the other side. Claire Galofaro, Anchorage Daily News, "Elation and anger: Catharsis in the streets as US presidential election winds down," 7 Nov. 2020 In her second collection of stories, Danielle Evans maintains the blend of levity and sorrow that marked her debut. Danielle Evans, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Office of Historical Corrections,' by Danielle Evans," 6 Nov. 2020 On April 15, 2019, the night of the great Notre Dame fire, the world watched in disbelief and sorrow as flames devoured its roof and columns of thick smoke shot into the sky. Elaine Sciolino, Washington Post, "Watching the flames burn Notre Dame, the spiritual heart of France," 6 Nov. 2020 As her sadness and sorrow became easier to identify and acknowledge, Marnie began to move on with her life. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Learning to Grieve," 3 Nov. 2020 Black Americans have lived with fear, anger and sorrow for generations, Taylor said, and those emotions inevitably seeped into their art. NBC News, "'We're reclaiming these traditions': Black women embrace the spiritual realm," 30 Oct. 2020 During Waltraute’s monologue, a solo cello conveyed much of the spacious sorrow of the drama. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung,” in a Detroit Parking Garage," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Combining formal audacity with emotional intimacy and sharp social observation, the picture attains a fullness of humorous, sorrowing life. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Artist Noah Davis died tragically at age 32. A New York show reveals a great lost talent.," 30 Jan. 2020 Playful and poignant in equal measure, Wheaton’s compositions are profoundly moving, evoking both loss and resilience — the sorrowing look back, and the hopeful look forward. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "In Our Midst: Gabriel Wheaton’s classical, contemporary, opulent and wildly eclectic one-man band," 15 Nov. 2019 Chili’s Wash away all your tax day sorrows with a $5 Cuervo Blue Margarita, made with silver tequila, blue Curacao and pineapple juice. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "All the Restaurants Where You Can Get Free Food on Tax Day," 9 Apr. 2018 In some places, lynchings were accompanied by mob destruction of black business districts, adding economic devastation to sorrow. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, "A Lynching’s Long Shadow," 25 Apr. 2018 Ashton Kutcher isn’t the type to drown his breakup sorrows with a carton of ice cream and a box of tissues. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Ashton Kutcher Fasted for a Week in the Woods After Demi Moore Divorce: 'I Started to Hallucinate'," 20 Feb. 2018 A skull, a crucifix and the suggestion of a sorrowing Rubenesque nude press in on a naked man (possibly the artist) who may be leaving them behind. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Painting From the 1980s, When Brash Met Flash," 9 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of sorrow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sorrow

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for sorrow

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The first known use of sorrow was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sorrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sorrow. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for sorrow

sorrow

noun
How to pronounce sorrow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sorrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sorrow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sorrow (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary : to feel or express sorrow

sorrow

noun
sor·​row | \ ˈsär-ō How to pronounce sorrow (audio) \

Kids Definition of sorrow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sorrow

verb
sorrowed; sorrowing

Kids Definition of sorrow (Entry 2 of 2)

: to feel or express sorrow : grieve

Choose the Right Synonym for sorrow

Noun

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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