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[sawr-lee, sohr-]
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  1. in a painful manner.
  2. extremely; very: I was sorely tempted to report him.
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Origin of sorely

before 900; Middle English sarely, soreli, Old English sārlīce; see sore, -ly
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Related Words for sorely

badly, sadly, severely, greatly, acutely, woefully, painfully, very, grievously, extremely

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Contemporary Examples of sorely

Historical Examples of sorely

  • We visited him at Winchester, and found him sorely old and with failing wits.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Sorely distressed, he walked back to his lodgings in Thirty-second Street.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • 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


  1. painfully or grievouslysorely wounded
  2. pressingly or greatlyto be sorely taxed; he will be sorely missed
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Word Origin and History for sorely


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

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