(?), a. [Compar. Sorrier (?); superl. Sorriest.] [OE. sory, sary, AS. srig, fr. sr, n., sore. See Sore, n. & a. The original sense was, painful; hence, miserable, sad.] 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." Piers Plowman.
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Ye were made sorry after a godly manner.
2 Cor. vii. 9.
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I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure.
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She entered, were he lief or sorry.
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2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. Spenser.
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All full of chirking was this sorry place.
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3. Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. "With sorry grace." Chaucer.
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Cheeks of sorry grain will serve.
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Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree.
Sir W. Scott.
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Syn. -- Hurt; afflicted; mortified; vexed; chagrined; melancholy; dismal; poor; mean; pitiful.
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