sor·ry /ˈsɑri, ˈsɔr-/
Sor·ry a. [Compar. Sorrier superl. Sorriest.]
1. Grieved for the loss of some good; pained for some evil; feeling regret; -- now generally used to express light grief or affliction, but formerly often used to express deeper feeling. “I am sorry for my sins.”
Ye were made sorry after a godly manner. --2 Cor. vii. 9.
I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure. --Shak.
She entered, were he lief or sorry. --Spenser.
2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful.
All full of chirking was this sorry place. --Chaucer.
3. Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. “With sorry grace.”
Cheeks of sorry grain will serve. --Milton.
Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree. --Sir W. Scott.
Syn: -- Hurt; afflicted; mortified; vexed; chagrined; melancholy; dismal; poor; mean; pitiful.
adj 1: keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team
down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly";
"felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: bad]
2: feeling or expressing sorrow or pity; "a pitying observer
threw his coat around her shoulders"; "let him perish
without a pitying thought of ours wasted upon him"- Thomas
De Quincey [syn: pitying, sorry for(p)]
3: having regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something
done or undone; "felt regretful over his vanished youth";
"regretful over mistakes she had made" [syn: regretful]
4: feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
[syn: contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthful]
5: bad; unfortunate; "my finances were in a deplorable state";
"a lamentable decision"; "her clothes were in sad shape";
"a sorry state of affairs" [syn: deplorable, distressing,
lamentable, pitiful, sad]
6: depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy
streets"; "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens;
"drab old buildings"; "a dreary mining town"; "gloomy
tenements"; "sorry routine that follows on the heels of
death"- B.A.Williams [syn: dingy, dismal, drab, drear,
7: without merit; "a sorry horse"; "a sorry excuse"; "a lazy
no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick"; "the car was a
no-good piece of junk" [syn: good-for-nothing, good-for-naught,
meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good]
[also: sorriest, sorrier]