• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sore roused to anger "stayed huffy a good while"- Mark Twain","she gets mad when you wake her up so early","mad at his friend","sore over a remark"
    • adj sore hurting "the tender spot on his jaw"
    • adj sore causing misery or pain or distress "it was a sore trial to him","the painful process of growing up"
    • n sore an open skin infection
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Almost naked, foot-sore, heart-sore, he arrived at the convent gate Almost naked, foot-sore, heart-sore, he arrived at the convent gate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People drank gold powder mixed in with water in medieval Europe to relieve pain from sore limbs
    • Sore A place in an animal body where the skin and flesh are ruptured or bruised, so as to be tender or painful; a painful or diseased place, such as an ulcer or a boil. "The dogs came and licked his sores ."
    • Sore (Zoöl) A young buck in the fourth year. See the Note under Buck.
    • n Sore (Zoöl) A young hawk or falcon in the first year.
    • Sore Criminal; wrong; evil.
    • Sore Fig.: Grief; affliction; trouble; difficulty. "I see plainly where his sore lies."
    • Sore Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation. "Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy."
    • Sore Greatly; violently; deeply. "Hannah] prayed unto the Lord and wept sore .""Sore sighed the knight, who this long sermon heard."
    • Sore In a sore manner; with pain; grievously. "Thy hand presseth me sore ."
    • a Sore Reddish brown; sorrel.
    • Sore Severe; afflictive; distressing; as, a sore disease; sore evil or calamity.
    • Sore Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts; as, a sore hand.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cocaine was sold to cure sore throat, neuralgia, nervousness, headache, colds and sleeplessness in the 1880s.
    • sore Painful, as being the seat of a wound or of disease; aching; specifically, painfully sensitive to the touch: said of the part affected, or, by extension, of the entire member or person concerned.
    • sore Inflicting physical suffering; giving bodily pain.
    • sore Suffering mental pain; distressed; painfully sensitive; touchy.
    • sore Bringing sorrow, misery, or regret; distressing; grievous; oppressive.
    • sore Associated with painful ideas or feelings; accompanied by grief, anger, mortification, regret, discomfort, or the like; serving as an occasion of bitterness: as, a sore subject.
    • sore Severe; violent; fierce.
    • sore Exceeding; extreme; intense.
    • sore Wretched: vile; worthless; base.
    • n sore A state of suffering or pain; grief; sorrow; misery.
    • n sore A wounded or diseased spot on an animal body; a painful or painfully tender place, with or without solution of continuity, on or near the surface of the body.
    • n sore A source of grief, distress, annoyance, or bitterness; a misfortune; a trouble.
    • sore With physical suffering; so as to cause bodily pain; painfully.
    • sore In a manner indicating or causing mental pain; deplorably; grievously; bitterly.
    • sore Violently; fiercely; severely.
    • sore Exceedingly; thoroughly; intensely.
    • sore Firmly; tightly; fast.
    • sore To make sore; wound.
    • sore Reddish-brown; sorrel. See sorrel, and compare sorage, sore-eagle, sore-falcon, sore-hawk.
    • n sore A hawk of the first year.
    • n sore A buck of the fourth year. See sorrel, 3.
    • sore An obsolete spelling of soar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most common injury in bowling is a sore thumb.
    • n Sore sōr a wounded or diseased spot on an animal body: an ulcer or boil:
    • adj Sore wounded: tender: susceptible of pain: easily pained or grieved: bringing sorrow or regret: severe, violent, intense: wretched
    • adv Sore painfully: grievously: severely, thoroughly
    • n Sore sōr (Spens.) a hawk of the first year:
    • n Sore sōr (B.) grief, affliction
    • n Sore sōr (Shak.) a buck of the fourth year.
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.”
  • Alva Johnson
    Alva Johnson
    “An agent is a person who is sore because an actor gets 90% of what they make.”
  • J. C. Macaulay
    J. C. Macaulay
    “Keep your heart right, even when it is sorely wounded.”
  • St. Ignatius Loyola
    St. Ignatius Loyola
    “Let me look at the foulness and ugliness of my body. Let me see myself as an ulcerous sore running with every horrible and disgusting poison.”
  • Harold Coffin
    Harold Coffin
    “A consumer is a shopper who is sore about something.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.”


Open old sores - When a sore is almost healed, and if a person rips or tears it open, it is way of preventing the healing process and further aggravating the pain. This phrase, metaphorically suggests, to revive or reopen a quarrel or enmity which was almost forgotten.
Sight for sore eyes - Someone or something that is a sight for sore eyes is a pleasure to see.
Stick out like a sore thumb - If something sticks or stands out like a sore thumb, it is clearly and obviously different from the things that are around it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sor, sar, AS. sār,; akin to D. zeer, OS. & OHG. sr, G. sehr, very, Icel. sārr, Sw. sår, Goth. sair, pain. Cf. Sorry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. saur, sor, sorrel, reddish.


In literature:

That's what made me sore.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
The horse will flinch when the sore tooth is pressed or tapped upon.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
On the next day, the eschar still remained adherent, and as there was neither pain nor soreness, the patient used her finger.
"An Essay on the Application of the Lunar Caustic in the Cure of Certain Wounds and Ulcers" by John Higginbottom
We want you, Donald, we need you sore, sore indeed.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
This irked Thorwald sore; but worse was to follow.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Evidently he had touched one of the few sore places in this pure heart.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
We were sore dismayed when the watchman showed the thing to us; for the body we could not see.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
She has passed through some sore trouble, I am quite sure.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I went to school a while and taken sore eyes.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Excuse me for getting sore, but that's the way I do when I begin to talk about college towns.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch

In poetry:

Though saints to sore distress are brought,
And wait and long complain,
Their cries shall not be still forgot,
Nor shall their hopes be vain.
"Psalm 9 part 2" by Isaac Watts
His strength was failing now, but his unfailing
Strong spirit still upbore
And drove him on with courage yet unquailing,
In spite of weakness sore.
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley
So they, whose lot it was, cast stones,
That they flew thick and bruised him sore,
But he praised Allah with loud voice,
And remained kneeling as before.
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Sorely pressed have I been
And driven and hurt beyond bearing this summer day,
But the heat and the pain together suddenly fall away,
All’s cool and green.
"Death In Battle" by C S Lewis
And said to the river which flowed by my door
With its beautiful face to the hill,
"I have waited and waited, all wearied and sore,
But my love is a wanderer still!"
"Footfalls" by Henry Kendall
"But sickness at hame and want at the door--
You gied me your hand, while your heart it was sore;
I saw it was sore,--why took I her hand?
Oh, that was a deed to my shame o'er the land!
"Auld Robin Gray" by Henry Morley

In news:

Drinking tea healed eczema sores.
It hurt alot and still is very sore.
Horse owners could be next in soring prosecutions.
Or will the " ice cube " stick out like a sore thumb.
Even though overall, Texas ranks among the lowest taxing states of the union, property tax remains a sore spot with almost all citizens.
CC Sabathia has been roughed up lately and Derek Jeter has a sore ankle.
Joe Miller , sore loser, sues.
Kam Chancellor rests sore hip.
Strengthening your hips brings relief to sore knees.
A sorely trying day indeed.
Johnson's help will be sorely missed.
Office X's Sorely Needed Missing Manual.
For Some, Digital Revenues a Sorely Needed Boon.
Column as I see 'em … Somerset, home of the Southwestern football team Anderson spanked so badly Friday night to advance to the state finals, is apparently home to a few rather sore losers.
Cubs righty has been pitching through soreness near shoulder.

In science:

We are thus sorely in need of a scheme which remains natural and simple, yet achieves perfect quantum communication.
Conclusive and arbitrarily perfect quantum state transfer using parallel spin chain channels
As it is a sore point when designing a product, digital humans were introduced into all major Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools such as in Delmia.
Integration of a Balanced Virtual Manikin in a Virtual Reality Platform aimed at Virtual Prototyping
The subgroup of this which acts by isometries is written SO J (or SOres ) and this subgroup is homotopy equivalent to Gl J .
How to Construct a Dirac Operator in Infinite Dimensions
Hence we feel that any analysis that is not doing a meaningful robustness analysis is sorely lacking.
Geometric sensitivity of random matrix results: consequences for shrinkage estimators of covariance and related statistical methods
We do not prove average-case, smoothed or generic complexity results; although highly desirable, such results are sorely lacking in the realm of 3-dimensional triangulations.
A fast branching algorithm for unknot recognition with experimental polynomial-time behaviour