For Walse told me that when my need was sorest then should the sword of deliverance and victory be near me.
You are contributing to perpetuate one of the sorest scourges of our world.
The former course would, it appeared to me, be a poor example of the moral courage which I hold to be Ireland's sorest need.
When the heart is sick and sorest, There is balsam in the forest–– There is balsam in the forestFor its pain.
It will help you in your sorest need, as it has helped me in mine.
In her efforts to placate him she had touched upon his sorest spot.
Into what community of merciful women could she be received, in her sorest need?
"We'll see who can make the sorest blister," said the squire.
It has always been my sorest trouble, that we have never got on well together.
But the third trouble was at that moment pressing the sorest.
Old English sar "painful, grievous, aching, sad, wounding," influenced in meaning by Old Norse sarr "sore, wounded," from Proto-Germanic *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (cf. Old Frisian sar "painful," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer "sore, ache," Old High German ser "painful," Gothic sair "pain, sorrow, travail"), from PIE root *sai- (1) "suffering" (cf. Old Irish saeth "pain, sickness").
Adverbial use (e.g. sore afraid) is from Old English sare but has mostly died out (replaced by sorely), but remains the main meaning of German cognate sehr "very." Slang meaning "angry, irritated" is first recorded 1738.
Old English sar "bodily pain or injury, wound; sickness, disease; state of pain or suffering," from root of sore (adj.). Now restricted to ulcers, boils, blisters. Cf. Old Saxon ser "pain, wound," Middle Dutch seer, Dutch zeer, Old High German ser, Old Norse sar, Gothic sair.
An open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer. adj.
Painful to the touch; tender.
Angry; irritated; pissed off: I was sore (1738+)