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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sore, a. [Compar. Sorer superl. Sorest.]
 1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts; as, a sore hand.
 2. Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation.
    Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy.   --Tillotson.
 3. Severe; afflictive; distressing; as, a sore disease; sore evil or calamity.
 4. Criminal; wrong; evil. [Obs.]
 Sore throat Med., inflammation of the throat and tonsils; pharyngitis. See Cynanche.
 Malignant sore throat, Ulcerated sore throat or Putrid sore throat. See Angina, and under Putrid.