adjective, sorrier, sorriest.
feeling regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.:
to be sorry to leave one’s friends; to be sorry for a remark; to be sorry for someone in trouble.
regrettable or deplorable; unfortunate; tragic:
a sorry situation; to come to a sorry end.
sorrowful, grieved, or sad:
Was she sorry when her brother died?
associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
wretched, poor, useless, or pitiful:
a sorry horse.
(used as a conventional apology or expression of regret):
Sorry, you’re misinformed. Did I bump you? Sorry.
adjective -rier, -riest
(usually postpositive) often foll by for. feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regret: I feel sorry for him
pitiful, wretched, or deplorable: a sorry sight
poor; paltry: a sorry excuse
affected by sorrow; sad
causing sorrow or sadness
an exclamation expressing apology, used esp at the time of the misdemeanour, offence, etc
sore thumb
see: better safe than sorry


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