Adjective "sorrow" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others.
  1. 'Mary suffered great sorrow in her life, but she accepted her losses and crosses.'
  2. 'He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.'
  3. 'He was standing stiffly at his gate, staring into the cemetery, his eyes deep pools of inexpressible sorrow.'
  4. 'She had a look of sorrow mixed with disappointment on her face.'
  5. 'She moved toward the stables, toward the horse that could take her to freedom, to bear her message of sorrow and loss.'
  6. 'Throughout his life, war would cause him deep personal sorrow.'
  7. 'Pain, anger, suffering, sorrow, loss, death, distraught, fear; all of those were brought on by war.'
  8. 'With deep sorrow for those who suffered and died, I must say that his momentous decision, which hastened the end of that awful war, was justified.'
  9. 'But it never occurred to her or her partners to complain, bearing in mind their deep sorrow and the great honour of taking part in such a glorious project.'
  10. 'He has much the same look as the old man, the look of deep sorrow and despair.'
  11. 'it was a great sorrow to her when they separated'
  12. 'Both are forced to seek consolation in drink, both forced to burden their young with their sorrows.'
  13. 'Joe had many sorrows in life, his good wife Mary died, and his son Michael died at 26 years of age.'
  14. 'From the past sorrows, we derive our self-respect to love our compatriots.'
  15. 'Jesus is coming this time not as a helpless baby in a manger, not as a man of sorrows, but as victor and conqueror to claim his own.'
  16. 'I want now to share her sorrows and forgive everything what happened in my life in the past and live a tension free, happy life.'
  17. 'Who knows what sorrows Abhinav's cheerful countenance concealed?'
  18. 'Sharing overwhelming sorrows and affection, Yun suggested to Kim that they return to Korea.'
  19. 'He shares our joys and sorrows, and when events like the tsunami challenge our Christian faith, it actually deepens our belief in Him.'
  20. 'There was no drowning of sorrows, just a drink to the future.'
  21. 'This book, besides being dramatic history, is a moving chronicle of the sorrows and torments of the persecuted.'


Feel or display deep distress.
  1. 'I sorrow for you, I have seen your devotion to her, but I speak the truth.'
  2. 'No, it is not by sorrowing, nor by compulsion that truth can prosper, it is by patient work alone that the work can be done: -'
  3. 'Hill's tribute for his 70th birthday, a sequence of 120 stanzas, offers many more, puzzling voices - impatient, sorrowing, joking, gentle.'
  4. 'After spending some time about the pool where it was believed Demeter had once sat sorrowing for her daughter, those seeking full initiation then entered the inner courtyard.'
  5. 'And I find myself wondering if the director, who recently turned 50, might not be at some sort of creative impasse, sorrowing for the lost simplicities of a rural way of life, and the passions and certainties of youth.'
  6. 'Of every tear that sorrowing mortals shed on such green graves, some good is born, some gentler nature comes.'
  7. 'I sorrow for the buildings and the people who have gone.'
  8. 'Toiling, rejoicing, sorrowing onward through life we go.'
  9. 'Maybe it won't, if in their grief Americans make common cause with other sorrowing humans.'
  10. 'I left the lawn and moved in the white light and silence along the road, aimless and sorrowing.'

More definitions


1. distress caused by loss, affliction, disappointment, etc.; grief, sadness, or regret.

2. a cause or occasion of grief or regret, as an affliction, a misfortune, or trouble: His first sorrow was the bank failure.

3. the expression of grief, sadness, disappointment, or the like: muffled sorrow. verb (used without object)

4. to feel sorrow; grieve.


Old English sorh, sorg (noun), sorgian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zorg and German Sorge.