Definition of sorrow noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒrəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːroʊ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] sorrow (at/for/over something) (rather formal) a feeling of great sadness because something very bad has happened synonym grief He expressed his sorrow at the news of her death. They said that the decision was made more in sorrow than in anger. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2[countable] a very sad event or situation the joys and sorrows of childhood His death was a great sorrow to everyone who knew him.
  3. Word OriginOld English sorh, sorg (noun), sorgian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zorg and German Sorge.Extra examples Claudia felt a deep pang of sorrow for her sister. He looked at Katherine, his eyes full of sorrow. He wrote to the dead man’s mother expressing his deep sorrow. His eyes took on an expression of sorrow. I couldn’t hide my sorrow and anger. I felt no sorrow for her. She wanted to share his sorrow. Tears of relief were mixed with tears of sorrow. The war brought sorrow to millions. They accepted the decision with sorrow. This is a time of great sorrow for all the family. To his great sorrow he could not remember his mother. his sorrow at having to quit his job He found to his sorrow that his childhood home was no longer there. It was an opportunity to share the joys and sorrows of the past few months. She opened a bottle of wine to drown her sorrows. They said that the decision was made more in sorrow than in anger.
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