- distress caused by loss, affliction, disappointment, etc.; grief, sadness, or regret.
- a cause or occasion of grief or regret, as an affliction, a misfortune, or trouble: His first sorrow was the bank failure.
- the expression of grief, sadness, disappointment, or the like: muffled sorrow.
- to feel sorrow; grieve.
Origin of sorrow
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Examples from the Web for sorrow
Far from a rant, her tone throughout is cool and methodical, and her critiques are couched more in sorrow than in anger.Was Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Too Right-Wing for CBS?
October 29, 2014
Her pallid young face, brow sweating with fear and pain, yet resolute and stiff with sorrow, makes you want to cry.Relishing Rembrandt’s Blockbuster London Show
October 16, 2014
“The U.S. celebrates the day it became independent every year with fireworks rather than sorrow,” he said.Scots Must Choose Heart or Head
September 18, 2014
Some national conservatives reacted in sorrow to Brewer's annoucement.Jan Brewer Keeps Arizona in the 21st Century
February 27, 2014
Incapable of movement, incapable of speech, I listened to her feverish words in an agony of shame and sorrow.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
She gazed on his features as he slept; and was left to sorrow alone.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
There is nothing but sorrow to be found in loving her, and her heart is no larger than her feet.
Did all the error and sorrow of her life pass distinctly before her?
This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war.
Mother, I know the sorrow you will feel when you hear what has happened.Life in London
- the characteristic feeling of sadness, grief, or regret associated with loss, bereavement, sympathy for another's suffering, for an injury done, etc
- a particular cause or source of regret, grief, etc
- Also called: sorrowing the outward expression of grief or sadness
- (intr) to mourn or grieve
Word Origin and History for sorrow
Old English sorg "grief, regret, trouble, care, pain, anxiety," from Proto-Germanic *sorg- (cf. Old Saxon sorga, Old Norse sorg, Middle Dutch sorghe, Dutch zorg, Old High German soraga, German sorge, Gothic saurga), perhaps from PIE *swergh- "to worry, be sick" (cf. Sanskrit surksati "cares for," Lithuanian sergu "to be sick," Old Church Slavonic sraga "sickness," Old Irish serg "sickness"). Not connected etymologically with sore (adj.) or sorry.
Old English sorgian, from sorg (see sorrow (n.)). Related: Sorrowed; sorrowing. Cf. Dutch zorgen, German sorgen, Gothic saurgan.