Saddened rather than infuriated by someone’s behavior. For example, When Dad learned that Jack had stolen a car, he looked at him more in sorrow than in anger. This expression first appeared in 1603 in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1:2), where Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father’s ghost: “A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.”
- More power to someone
Best wishes to someone, as in He’s decided to climb Mount Everest—well, more power to him. [ Mid-1800s ] For a more recent synonym, see right on
- More sinned against than sinning
An expression used of those who, though they may be guilty of wrongdoing, think themselves the victim of a more serious wrong. From William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Less guilty than those who have injured one, as in It’s true she took the money but they did owe her quite a bit—in a way she’s more […]
- More so-so
[soh-soh, soh-soh] /ˈsoʊˌsoʊ, ˈsoʊˈsoʊ/ adjective 1. Also, soso. indifferent; neither very good nor very bad. adverb 2. in an indifferent or passable manner; indifferently; tolerably. adjective 1. (postpositive) neither good nor bad adverb 2. in an average or indifferent manner 1520s as an adverb, “indifferently;” as an adjective, “mediocre, neither too good nor too bad,” […]
- More sol.
1. (in prescriptions) in the usual manner.