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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sorry 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"
    • adj sorry bad; unfortunate "my finances were in a deplorable state","a lamentable decision","her clothes were in sad shape","a sorry state of affairs"
    • adj sorry 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"
    • adj sorry 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rudyard Kipling was fired as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. His dismissal letter was reported to have said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don't know how to use the English language. This isn't a kindergarten for amateur writers."
    • Sorry 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.""Ye were made sorry after a godly manner.""I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure.""She entered, were he lief or sorry ."
    • Sorry Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. "All full of chirking was this sorry place."
    • Sorry Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. "With sorry grace.""Cheeks of sorry grain will serve.""Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sorry Feeling sorrow; grieved; sorrowful; unhappy; sad; pained; especially, feeling repentance or regret: noting either deep or slight, prolonged or transient, emotion.
    • sorry Causing sorrow; painful; grievous; mournful.
    • sorry Associated with sorrow; suggestive of grief or suffering; melancholy; dismal.
    • sorry Vile; wretched; worthless; mean; paltry; poor.
    • sorry Synonyms Vexed, chagrined.
    • sorry Pitiful, shabby.
    • sorry To sorrow; grieve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sorry sor′i grieved for something past: melancholy: poor: worthless
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  • Aline Murray Kilmer
    Aline Murray Kilmer
    “I'm sorry you are wiser, I sorry you are taller; I liked you better foolish and I liked you better smaller.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.”
  • Richard L. Evans
    Richard L. Evans
    “Keep courage. Whatever you do, do not feel sorry for yourself. You will win in a great age of opportunity.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    “Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am sorry for anyone who dies.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
  • Ovid
    “A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.”


Better safe than sorry - This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
What can sorry do? - This means that it is not enough to apologise.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sory, sary, AS. sārig, fr. sār, (n.) sore,. See, Sore (n.) & (a.) The original sense was, painful; hence, miserable, sad
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sárig, wounded—sár, pain; Dut. zeerig.


In literature:

Norah's sunny face intervened, "We are very sorry if you don't want us," she said, "for we shall have to stay for the present.
"The Pleasant Street Partnership" by Mary F. Leonard
I'm sorry, girl, I'm sorry.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
I am dreadfully sorry they got in here.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I was sorry for the girl, and intensely, forebodingly sorry for her husband.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Are you glad or sorry?
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
He was not sorry when the message came for him to go to Mr. Harman.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Always have been sorry for a pretty woman in trouble.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Yes, I was sorry to leave Sister Therese and Sister Clare.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Fred Miller was feeling very dull and rather sorry for himself.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I am only sorry about the ships off Chili.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
I'm rather sorry myself that you have sold the dog.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I felt sorry for her.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Your father was always so sorry about that.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
She felt vaguely sorry for him.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Shan't be sorry for lunch, though.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
I am very sorry I chose as I did.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Climb up in his lap and tell him how sorry and ashamed you are.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
One certainty surged and trembled in him: that he had never been so sorry for anybody in his life.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
If she could only give George a glimpse of the great contrast which in a few years there would be between her and Janet, then he'd feel sorry!
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
The management was slightly sorry, for Eugene was a good driver.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

He cannot whistle through his throat
He's in a sorry plight
So he sticks his beak into the sand
And whistles through the night.
"Mandalay 1" by Billy Bennett
Listen, dear ones, to my story,
True as sad, and sad as true;
'Tis a tale to make you sorry—
Show you what vile drink can do.
"A True Story: To Young Abstainers" by Janet Hamilton
And, first, Madame, my loving wife
(Though sorry to forsake her),
I leave, should I depart this life,
To BARRAS—if he'll take her.
"Buonaparte's Will" by Thomas Stott
Thou wilt open the door of patience,
When sorry shall come and knock;
But to every evil, unworthy thing
Wilt thou the gates fast lock.
"Thora" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
"I'm sorry that I spelt the word:
I hate to go above you,
Because," — the brown eyes lower fell, —
"Because, you see, I love you!"
"In School-Days" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But when the times are hard and straight,
His is indeed a sorry fate;
We let him die, with starving cry,
Like Lazarus, beside our gate.
"The Canadian Way" by Abner Cosens

In news:

"I'm sorry you've come all this way," he says.
Adam Carolla Is Sorry His Anti-LGBT 'Comments Were Hurtful '.
Sorry, nerds: Popular kids earn more.
'Sorry ma'am, but this isn't that kind of club.'.
"Sorry About the Inadvertent Promotion".
I have so many fond memories of that wonderful lady, and am sorry it's been so long since I visited her at Elmhurst.
If you like to see football played well, I'm sorry.
Sorry if you missed out cause it RULED.
Zimmerman says he's sorry Trayvon Martin's family had to bury their child.
Sorry, nothing new to report from Iraq, Iran or Afghanistan, unless you need to pay employees in those countries.
Sorry, Brunch Just Got A Lot Less Fun.
I'm sorry, but I'm just gonna say it: she's bad.
I feel so sorry for both of them.
We're all sorry to hear of the death of the great Andy Griffith.
Four years ago, after the Olympics in Beijing, the entire world felt really sorry for Great Britain.

In science:

When trying to calculate Aut(G1 ) using the Cannon-Holt Algorithm of MAGMA answered: “Sorry, the top factor of order 4089470473293004800 is not currently stored”.
Construction of Fischer's sporadic group Fi'_{24} inside GL_{8671}(13)
And because of this error, all the results in the paper are untrue. I am very sorry for this.
Class-Preserving Automorphisms of a Family of Finite p-Groups
As he once famously said, if experiment were to contradict the theory, he would have “felt sorry for the dear Lord”.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
But we are sorry that Physics Today will be publishing many fewer (whether physicists or astronomers) in the future (Physics Today 58, No.10, p. 10).
Astrophysics in 2006
A gE with little or no dark matter? Sorry, no.
Astrophysics in 2006
As for why they never grew up to live useful lives as sheep, sorry stars, there remains some enthusiasm for the idea that they get ejected prematurely from regions with accretionable material (Guieu et al. 2006), but we caught five votes against, with Basu and Reiners (2006) last in the year.
Astrophysics in 2006
The planet is about three times the mass of Jupiter, and the name arguably even harder to remember than HD numbers (especially the part about “where do the noses - sorry - hyphens39 go?”).
Astrophysics in 2006
Third is a new class of radio transients, which at least look and quack like ducks (sorry, pulsars), though we are not quite sure about the walking as no proper motions were reported.
Astrophysics in 2006
Sorry that the sign convention is opposite to the B-factory experiment.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
We are very sorry to lose Terry’s expertise and enthusiasm so soon after his arrival, but wish him well in his future endeavours. Terry was instrumental in getting the Australian GMOS Imaging Contest (see below) off the ground, and we are grateful that he has agreed to stay involved in this project.
Anglo-Australian Observatory February 2009 newsletter
But I am sorry that this is the first NeuTel without the charming presence of Milla Baldo Ceolin.
Perspectives in Neutrino Physics
Although I did not know him well, I think he would have appreciated the intellectual challenge raised in this intellectual dispute and responded accordingly. I am quite sorry this opportunity will never occur.
Comments on "Confidence distribution, the frequentist distribution estimator of a parameter --- a review" by Min-ge Xie and Kesar Singh
Weinberg’s First Law of Theoretical Physics states 4 : You can use any variables at all to analyze a problem, but if you use the wrong variables you’ll be sorry.
A Goldstone Boson Primer
Although I do not understand the reasoning here, sorry.
Summary of the Workshop ``the QCD Phase Transitions'' Brookhaven National Laboratory, November 4-7 1998
I' m sorry to disappoint these hopes, but I don' t think there is a dynamical reason for the universe to appear four dimensional.
Cosmology from the Top Down