I. noun Etymology: Middle English sorow, from Old English sorg; akin to Old High German sorga sorrow Date: before 12th century 1. a. deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved b. resultant unhappy or unpleasant state <
to their great sorrow they could not marry
2. a cause of grief or sadness 3. a display of grief or sadness Synonyms: sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse <
a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death
. grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause <
the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents
. anguish suggests torturing grief or dread <
the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child
. woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery <
cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city
. regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse <
nagging regret for missed opportunities
. II. intransitive verb Date: before 12th century to feel or express sorrow • sorrower noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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