sorely

[ sawr-lee, sohr- ]
/ ˈsɔr li, ˈsoʊr- /

adverb

in a painful manner.
extremely; very: I was sorely tempted to report him.

Nearby words

  1. sorediate,
  2. soredium,
  3. sorehead,
  4. sorel,
  5. sorel, georges,
  6. sorensen,
  7. sorgho,
  8. sorghum,
  9. sorghum beer,
  10. sorgo

Origin of sorely

before 900; Middle English sarely, soreli, Old English sārlīce; see sore, -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for sorely

sorely

/ (ˈsɔːlɪ) /

adverb

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

sorely

adv.

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

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