• WordNet 3.6
    • v sorrow feel grief
    • n sorrow something that causes great unhappiness "her death was a great grief to John"
    • n sorrow an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"
    • n sorrow 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"
    • n sorrow the state of being sad "she tired of his perpetual sadness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sorrow 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. "How great a sorrow suffereth now Arcite!""The safe and general antidote against sorrow is employment."
    • v. i Sorrow To feel pain of mind in consequence of evil experienced, feared, or done; to grieve; to be sad; to be sorry. "Sorrowing most of all . . . that they should see his face no more.""I desire no man to sorrow for me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sorrow Distress of mind caused by misfortune, injury, loss, disappointment, or the like; grief; misery; sadness; regret.
    • n sorrow A cause or occasion of grief; a painful fact, event, or situation; a misfortune; a trouble.
    • n sorrow The outward manifestation of grief; mourning; lamentation.
    • n sorrow The devil: used generally as an expletive in imprecation, often implying negation. Compare devil, n., 7. Sometimes the muckle sorrow. Also spelled sorra.
    • n sorrow Synonyms Grief, Wretchedness, etc. (see affliction), repentance, vexation, chagrin. See list under sadness.
    • sorrow To feel sorrow, sadness, regret, grief, or anguish; grieve; be sad; feel sorry.
    • sorrow To manifest sorrow; mourn; lament.
    • sorrow Synonyms To grieve, mourn. See sorrow, n.
    • sorrow To feel or display sorrow over; grieve for; mourn.
    • sorrow To give pain to; grieve.
    • sorrow To involve in sorrow; attach suffering or misery to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sorrow sor′ō pain of mind: grief: affliction: lamentation: the devil (Irish Sorra)
    • v.i Sorrow to feel sorrow or pain of mind: to grieve
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  • Proverb
    “Who goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing.”
  • John Adams
    “Genius is sorrow's child.”
  • Johnson
    “To have gold is to be in fear, and to want it to be sorrow.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Happiness is good for the body but sorrow strengthens the spirit.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Sorrow makes us children again.”
  • Barbara Sher
    “The cure for sorrow is to learn something.”


Drown your sorrows - If someone gets drunk or drinks a lot to try to stop feeling unhappy, they drown their sorrows.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sorwe, sorewe, sore, AS. sorg, sorh,; akin to D. zorg, care, anxiety, OS. sorga, OHG. sorga, soraga, suorga, G. sorge, Icel., Sw., & Dan. sorg, Goth. saúrga,; of unknown origin


In literature:

O' a' sorrow, a fu' sorrow's the best.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
She looked about her sorrowfully.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
You cannot bring sorrow into a house where sorrow is already at home!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Joy needs no companion; but sorrow and pain Long to comrade with sorrow.
"Three Women" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The party, a little time before so happy, was now in deep sorrow.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
He found himself alone facing a sorrowful world and sharing its sorrows.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
Such was the legacy of shame which Russell inherited; was it any marvel that at sixteen that boy had lived ages of sorrow?
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Her sorrow the sorrow of those spotted ones!
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
David's impulsive nature and self-indulgent habits filled her with overwhelming sorrow and dismay.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
Never in his life had he met with sorrow like her sorrow.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille

In poetry:

Come to my sorrow,
Come again,
Give night a morrow,
Yet again.
"Lilly Lane" by James Avis Bartley
When all is done, and my last word is said,
And ye who loved me murmur, "He is dead,"
Let no one weep, for fear that I should know,
And sorrow too that ye should sorrow so.
"When All Is Done" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And thou, too, Sorrow, tender-hearted Sorrow,
Thou gray-eyed mourner, fly not yet away:
For I fain would borrow
Thy sad weeds to-morrow,
To make a mourning for love's yesterday.
"Song" by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Her father looking ower his castle wa',
Beheld his daughter's sorrow;
"O haud yer tongue, daughter," he says,
"And let be a' your sorrow;
I'll wed you wi' a better lord,
Than he that died on Yarrow."--
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley
We bore him out to his resting place,
Children, priests, and all;
There was sorrow on almost ev'ry face --
And ah! what tears did fall!
Tears from hearts, for a heart asleep,
Tears from sorrow's deepest deep.
"In Memoriam (Father Keeler)" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Oh lead her in the glory of her beauty,
So that the nations wonder at her beauty!
For Thou canst take her beauty by the heart
And throw the spout of sorrow from the fountain,
The flood of sorrow thro' the veins of joy.
"In War-Time A Psalm Of The Heart" by Sydney Thompson Dobell

In news:

'It's about life and freedom and sorrow' An interview with Ryne Watts of Campfire Club (plus MP3 download) Featured.
'It's about life and freedom and sorrow' An interview with Ryne Watts of Campfire Club (plus MP3 download).
Their season ended with tears – not of joy, as the Buffalo High School girl's basketball team had hoped - but of sorrow.
In a sorrow-filled return to her California home, a Mexican registered jet landed at Long Beach Airport Thursday night carrying the remains of superstar singer Jenni Rivera, a musical treasure to fans who bought 15 million records.
The partnership is with Our Lady of Sorrow Catholic Church, and this is the 13th year of the event.
Missing hiker 's dad puts sorrow into song.
Missing hiker 's dad puts sorrow into songs.
Paterno said on Wednesday the university's sex-abuse scandal was one of the 'great sorrows' of his life.
Young Spaniards Drown Their Sorrows on the Internet .
Sorrow grips Newtown, Conn. Quiet town of 28,000.
The popular venue will be held on the grounds of the Our Lady of Sorrows Convent at 261 Thatcher St.
As people of faith from Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Baha'i and Unitarian Universalist religious traditions, we are united in our sorrow for the anti-Islamic video and the responses to it.
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow .
Charm City Devils did a nice job on this remake of the song Man of Constant Sorrow .
"Man of Constant Sorrow ".

In science:

Volkov who, to our great sorrow, untimely leaved us this January.
Generalized Action Principle and Geometric Approach for superstrings and super-p-branes
God, thou great symmetry, Who put a biting lust in me From whence my sorrows spring, For al l the frittered days That I have spent in shapeless ways Give me one perfect thing.
Symmetry Tests and Standard Model Backgrounds