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sorry

[sor-ee, sawr-ee]
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adjective, sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est.
  1. feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.: to be sorry to leave one's friends; to be sorry for a remark; to be sorry for someone in trouble.
  2. regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic: a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
  3. sorrowful, grieved, or sad: Was she sorry when her brother died?
  4. associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
  5. wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful: a sorry horse.
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interjection
  1. (used as a conventional apology or expression of regret): Sorry, you're misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
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Origin of sorry

before 900; Middle English; Old English sārig; cognate with Low German sērig, Old High German sērag. See sore, -y1
Related formssor·ri·ly, adverbsor·ri·ness, nounun·sor·ry, adjective

Synonyms

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1. regretful, sympathetic, pitying. 3. unhappy, depressed, sorrowing. 4. grievous, mournful, painful. 5. abject, contemptible, paltry, worthless, shabby. See wretched.

Antonyms

1. happy.
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Examples from the Web for sorriest

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Historical Examples

  • He has the sorriest people all around him that you ever saw.

    Jewel

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • Who is so green, so soft, so foolishly the victim of the sorriest sharper as this man?

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • It was the sorriest travesty of similar scenes in a politer world.

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • They say that's the sorriest gash in the ground that ever happened.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • But it was Father Peter, the other priest, that we all loved best and were sorriest for.


British Dictionary definitions for sorriest

sorry

adjective -rier or -riest
  1. (usually postpositive often foll by for) feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regretI feel sorry for him
  2. pitiful, wretched, or deplorablea sorry sight
  3. poor; paltrya sorry excuse
  4. affected by sorrow; sad
  5. causing sorrow or sadness
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interjection
  1. an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
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Derived Formssorrily, adverbsorriness, noun

Word Origin

Old English sārig; related to Old High German sērag; see sore
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Word Origin and History for sorriest

sorry

adj.

Old English sarig "distressed, grieved, full of sorrow" (not found in the physical sense of "sore"), from Proto-Germanic *sairiga- "painful" (cf. Old Saxon serag, Middle Dutch seerigh "sore; sad, sorry," Dutch zeerig "sore, full of sores," Old High German serag, Swedish sårig "sore, full of sores"), from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (see sore (adj.)). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart." Related: Sorrily; sorriness.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sorriest

sorry

see better safe than sorry.

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