Sorrow definition

sŏrō, sôrō
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Mental suffering caused by loss, disappointment, etc.; sadness, grief, or regret.
noun
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To feel or show sorrow; grieve.
verb
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A source or cause of sorrow; a misfortune.
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That which produces such suffering; trouble, loss, affliction, etc.
noun
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To feel or express sorrow.
verb
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Sorrow is a feeling of great sadness or grief, often caused by loss or disappointment.

An example of sorrow is what you feel when your beloved spouse dies.

noun
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(intransitive) To feel or express grief.
verb
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To feel grief over; to mourn, regret.
verb
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Earnest repentance; contrition.

Sorrow for sin.

noun
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The outward expression of such suffering; mourning; lamentation.
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(uncountable) Unhappiness, woe.
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(countable) (usually in plural) An instance or cause of unhappiness.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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Mental suffering caused by loss, disappointment, or misfortune, or an instance of this.

Tried to assuage her sorrows.

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Expression of sorrow, or an instance of this.

I listened to his sorrows.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sorrow
Plural:
sorrows

Origin of sorrow

  • Middle English sorwe from Old English sorg

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sorow, sorwe, from Old English sorh, sorg, from Proto-Germanic *surgō (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 sū́rká¹£ati "˜he worries').

    From Wiktionary