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.


  1. Sorrow

    Sorrow is a song written by Brett Gurewitz and performed by Bad Religion. It was the first single to be released from their twelfth studio album, The Process of Belief, which was released in 2002, although the single was first played in the fall of 2001 by the L. A. radio station KROQ. An acoustic version impacted radio on June 24, 2008.


  1. sorrow

    Sorrow refers to a feeling of deep distress, sadness, or grief typically caused by a loss, disappointment, or unfortunate circumstance. It involves experiencing emotional pain and longing for what has been lost or what could have been. Sorrow often includes a sense of heaviness, melancholy, and the expression of tears or other forms of emotional release. It is a natural response to difficult life events and can vary in intensity and duration depending on individual experiences and coping mechanisms.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sorrow is ranked #22618 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sorrow surname appeared 1,135 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sorrow.

    94.1% or 1,069 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 35 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. Eric Beckman:

    The selkie story is not necessarily a happy story, it's about the risk of falling in love with magical creatures, and there's parting and sorrow.

  2. Sumeyye Erdogan:

    It is a very terrible situation, we've come here in order to be able to share their sorrow. Our actual aim is for those murderers to be punished in an effective way.

  3. George Leo Thomas:

    I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, sister or a lay church worker.

  4. M. R. Vincent:

    Mere sorrow, which weeps and sits still, is not repentance. Repentance is sorrow converted into action; into a movement toward a new and better life.



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