An example of sorrow is what you feel when your beloved spouse dies.
- mental suffering caused by loss, disappointment, etc.; sadness, grief, or regret
- that which produces such suffering; trouble, loss, affliction, etc.
- the outward expression of such suffering; mourning; lamentation
- earnest repentance; contrition: sorrow for sin
Origin of sorrowMiddle English sorwe from Old English sorg, akin to German sorge from Indo-European base an unverified form swergh-, to worry, be ill from source Sanskrit s?rk?ati, he worries about, Lithuanian sergù, to be sick
- Mental suffering caused by loss, disappointment, or misfortune, or an instance of this: tried to assuage her sorrows. See Synonyms at regret.
- A source or cause of sorrow; a misfortune: “I must struggle through my sorrows and difficulties as I can” ( Jane Austen )
- Expression of sorrow, or an instance of this: I listened to his sorrows.
intransitive verbsor·rowed, sor·row·ing, sor·rows
Origin of sorrowMiddle English sorwe from Old English sorg
(countable and uncountable, plural sorrows)
(third-person singular simple present sorrows, present participle sorrowing, simple past and past participle sorrowed)
From Middle English sorow, sorwe, from Old English sorh, sorg, from Proto-Germanic *surgÅ (cf. West Frisian soarch, Dutch zorg, German Sorge, Danish sorg), from Proto-Indo-European *swergÊ°- 'to watch over, worry' (cf. Old Irish serg 'sickness', Tocharian B sark 'id.', Lithuanian sirgti "˜to be sick', Sanskrit sÅ«Ìrká¹£ati "˜he worries').