Definition of sorry in English:
adjective (sorrier, sorriest)
- We are very sorry that Mrs Collins has experienced distress, and we are still waiting to establish the facts.
- One juror identified as Roy said a lot of people want you to have sympathy for her and feel sorry.
- I am sorry to hear of your distress, but I assure you that this is not an uncommon problem.
- Yes, we felt sorry for those figures huddled in shop doorways, particularly on an icy night.
- I just feel really sorry for her because her life's never going to be the same.
- Adjacent is a little caravan site, and this is the only time I have ever felt sorry for caravaners.
- ‘I am sorry for Mrs McCabe and I'm sorry her husband was killed - we have no argument with her,’ Mr Adams added.
- They are sorry for the inconvenience to customers, but not that sorry.
- I'm sorry for being so damned insensitive in the first place, and I'm sorry about the whole Steve thing.
- A neglected garden is a sorry sight and a poor producer.
- Pity instead the poor public, those sorry souls into whose lives the media machine has pumped a decade's worth of pouting.
- You've proved that your a bunch of sorry pitiful bastards.
- Add to these charges the negligence and incompetence shown throughout this sorry affair.
- Update: that was just me moaning because my bank account was in a sorry state.
- There then follows the sorry account, previously reported in these sports pages, of an Italian sausage and a brutal beating from a Pittsburgh Pirate.
In the Anglo-Saxon period to be sorry was to be pained or distressed, full of grief or sorrow—the meaning gradually weakened to become ‘sad through sympathy with someone else's misfortune’, ‘full of regret’, and then simply an expression of apology. The source was sore, which originally had the meaning ‘causing intense pain, grievous’ ( see also pain). Sorrow is also Old English, but is not closely related to the other two words. The expression more in sorrow than in anger is taken from Shakespeare's Hamlet. When Hamlet asks Horatio to describe the expression on the face of his father's ghost, Horatio replies, ‘a countenance more in sorrow than in anger’.
sorry for oneself
- Sad and self-pitying.Example sentences
- As I once observed: ‘There's a real difference between feeling sorry for yourself and feeling your sorrow.’
- He waited for her, feeling sorry for himself and miserable with his own thoughts about how he had mistrusted her.
- If things don't work out the way you intended, there's no point feeling sorry for yourself; you get up, dust yourself down and get on with it.
- Example sentences
- I dropped an old email account over a year ago and have sorrily been missing the newsletter!
- Or, to exhaust this vein of sorrily mixed metaphor, a rare bird.
- If they feel that students have had a chance to comment and have not because they have not emailed them, they are sorrily mistaken.
- Example sentences
- Despite his injuries, Jared has a very uplifting outlook on life - deal with it, otherwise you will live in a perpetual state of sorriness for yourself.
- Moreover the figure at hand suffers on such occasion because it shows up its sorriness without shade; while vague figures afar off are honoured in that their distance makes artistic virtues of their stains.
- Much sorriness for the rift between the lovers.
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