What does sorrow mean?

Definitions for sorrow
ˈsɒr oʊ, ˈsɔr oʊsor·row

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrownoun

    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement

    "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"

  2. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulnessnoun

    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

  3. grief, sorrownoun

    something that causes great unhappiness

    "her death was a great grief to John"

  4. sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulnessverb

    the state of being sad

    "she tired of his perpetual sadness"

  5. grieve, sorrowverb

    feel grief


  1. sorrownoun

    unhappiness, woe

  2. sorrownoun

    An instance or cause of unhappiness.

    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

  3. sorrowverb

    To feel or express grief.

  4. sorrowverb

    To feel grief over; to mourn, regret.

  5. Etymology: From sorow, from sorg, from surgō (cf. Dutch zorg, German Sorge, Danish sorg), from su̯ergh- 'to watch over, worry' (cf. Old Irish serg 'sickness', Tocharian B sark 'id.', Lithuanian sir̃gti ‘to be sick’, Albanian dergjem, Sanskrit ‘he worries’).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sorrownoun

    Grief; pain for something past; sadness; mourning. Sorrow is not commonly understood as the effect of present evil, but of lost good.

    Etymology: sorg, Danish.

    Sorrow is uneasiness in the mind, upon the thought of a good lost, which might have been enjoyed longer; or the tense of a present evil. John Locke.

    Sorrow on thee, and all the pack of you;
    That triumph thus upon my misery! William Shakespeare.

    A world of woe and sorrow. John Milton.

    Some other hour I will to tears allow;
    But having you, can show no sorrow now. Dryden.

  2. To Sorrowverb

    To grieve; to be sad; to be dejected.

    Etymology: saurgan, Gothick; sorgian , Sax.

    The miserable change, now at my end,
    Lament, nor sorrow at. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    Where-ever sorrow is relief wou’d be,
    If you do sorrow at my grief in love,
    By giving love, your sorrow and my grief
    Were both extermin’d. William Shakespeare.

    Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance. 2 Cor. vii. 9.

    I neither fear to die nor desire to live; and having mastered all grief in myself, I desire no man to sorrow for me. John Hayward.

    Send them forth, though sorrowing, yet in peace. John Milton.

    Sad the prince explores
    The neighb’ring main, and sorrowing treads the shores. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sorrownoun

    the uneasiness or pain of mind which is produced by the loss of any good, real or supposed, or by diseappointment in the expectation of good; grief at having suffered or occasioned evil; regret; unhappiness; sadness

  2. Sorrownoun

    to feel pain of mind in consequence of evil experienced, feared, or done; to grieve; to be sad; to be sorry

  3. Etymology: [OE. sorowen, sorwen, sorhen, AS. sorgian; akin to Goth. sargan. See Sorrow, n.]


  1. Sorrow

    "Sorrow" is the closing track from Pink Floyd's 1987 album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sorrow

    sor′ō, n. pain of mind: grief: affliction: lamentation: the devil (Irish Sorra).—v.i. to feel sorrow or pain of mind: to grieve.—p.adj. Sorr′owed. (Shak.), accompanied with sorrow.—adj. Sorr′owful, full of sorrow: causing, showing, or expressing sorrow: sad: dejected.—adv. Sorr′owfully.—n. Sorr′owfulness.—adj. Sorr′owless, free from sorrow. [A.S. sorg, sorh; Ger. sorge, Ice. sorg.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. sorrow

    The magical palette upon which Life mixes her colors.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorrow in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sorrow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of sorrow in a Sentence

  1. George Eliot:

    There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.

  2. Horace:

    Patience makes lighter What sorrow may not heal.

  3. Turkish:

    Opportunities lose not, for all delay is madness; ?Mid bitter sorrow patience show, for ?tis the key of gladness.

  4. James Stewart:

    The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life's difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown.

  5. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson:

    I hold it true, whatever befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; 'Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.

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    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. usurious
    • C. bristly
    • D. currish

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