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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Sorry \Sor"ry\, a. [Compar. Sorrier; superl. Sorriest.] [OE.
sory, sary, AS. s[=a]rig, fr. s[=a]r, n., sore. See Sore,
n. & a. The original sense was, painful; hence, miserable,
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.
Ye were made sorry after a godly manner. --2 Cor.
I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's
She entered, were he lief or sorry. --Spenser.
2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. --Spenser.
All full of chirking was this sorry place.
3. Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. "With sorry
Cheeks of sorry grain will serve. --Milton.
Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree.
Syn: Hurt; afflicted; mortified; vexed; chagrined;
melancholy; dismal; poor; mean; pitiful.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: feeling or expressing 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";
"he felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: regretful,
sorry, bad] [ant: unregretful, unregretting]
2: 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, sorry]
3: 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, sorry]
4: causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war";
"a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter
landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November";
"a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn: blue,
dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim,
sorry, drab, drear, dreary]
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
119 Moby Thesaurus words for "sorry":
abject, apologetic, ashamed, bad, base, base-minded, beggarly,
beneath contempt, beneath one, cheap, cheerless, cheesy, common,
compunctious, conscience-smitten, conscience-stricken,
contemptible, contrite, crummy, debasing, degrading, demeaning,
deplorable, depressing, despicable, discontented, disgraceful,
dismal, full of remorse, gaudy, gimcracky, grim, gutter,
heavyhearted, humiliating, humiliative, humorless, ignoble,
ill-starred, in bad humor, inadequate, infestive, infra dig,
infra indignitatem, joyless, low, low-minded, mean, melancholy,
meretricious, mirthless, miserable, opprobrious, out of humor,
out of sorts, outrageous, paltry, pathetic, penitent, penitential,
pitiable, pitiful, pleasureless, poor, regretful, remorseful,
repentant, repining, rubbishy, rueful, sad, saddened, scandalous,
scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, self-accusing,
self-condemning, self-convicting, self-debasing, self-flagellating,
self-humiliating, self-punishing, self-reproaching, shabby,
shamefaced, shamefast, shameful, shocking, shoddy, sordid,
sorrowful, sorryish, star-crossed, stark, too bad, trashy,
trifling, trumpery, two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny,
twopenny-halfpenny, unbecoming, uncheerful, uncheery, unhappy,
unhappy about, unjoyful, unmirthful, unsmiling, unworthy of one,
valueless, vile, wistful, worthless, wretched
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