Synonyms & Antonyms of sorry

4 feeling sorrow for a wrong that one has done
  • she's genuinely sorry for hurting his feelings

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5 feeling unhappiness
  • was sorry to see the family farm being sold

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7 deserving of one's pity
  • some sorry wretch had the task of putting all of those files back in order

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How is the word sorry different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of sorry are contemptible, despicable, pitiable, and scurvy. While all these words mean "arousing or deserving scorn," sorry may stress pitiable inadequacy or may suggest wretchedness or sordidness.

this rattletrap is a sorry excuse for a car

When is contemptible a more appropriate choice than sorry?

The meanings of contemptible and sorry largely overlap; however, contemptible may imply any quality provoking scorn or a low standing in any scale of values.

a contemptible liar

When might despicable be a better fit than sorry?

The synonyms despicable and sorry are sometimes interchangeable, but despicable may imply utter worthlessness and usually suggests arousing an attitude of moral indignation.

a despicable crime

Where would pitiable be a reasonable alternative to sorry?

While in some cases nearly identical to sorry, pitiable applies to what inspires mixed contempt and pity.

a pitiable attempt at tragedy

How are the words scurvy and despicable related as synonyms of sorry?

Scurvy adds to despicable an implication of arousing disgust.

a scurvy crew of hangers-on

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

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“Sorry.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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