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[sawr-lee, sohr-] /ˈsɔr li, ˈsoʊr-/
in a painful manner.
extremely; very:
I was sorely tempted to report him.
Origin of sorely
before 900; Middle English sarely, soreli, Old English sārlīce; see sore, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • sorely distressed, he walked back to his lodgings in Thirty-second Street.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • We visited him at Winchester, and found him sorely old and with failing wits.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Then she lay down herself on the sofa beside her bed, sorely exhausted.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Edward Gilder did none of these things, though his heart was sorely wounded.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Magnificent was the day, indeed, and sorely did La Malne tempt us to a halt.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for sorely


painfully or grievously: sorely wounded
pressingly or greatly: to be sorely taxed, he will be sorely missed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sorely

Old English sarlice "grievously, mournfully, bitterly, painfully;" see sore (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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