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SORRY (sorrier, sorriest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sorry mean? 

SORRY (adjective)
  The adjective SORRY has 5 senses:

1. feeling or expressing sorrow or pity
2. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
3. bad; unfortunate
4. causing dejection
5. without merit

  Familiarity information: SORRY used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

SORRY (adjective)

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Feeling or expressing sorrow or pity


pitying; sorry

Context example:

a pitying observer threw his coat around her shoulder


compassionate (showing or having compassion)

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Feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone


regretful; sorry; bad

Context examples:

felt regretful over his vanished youth / regretful over mistakes she had made / he felt bad about breaking the vase


penitent; repentant (feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds)

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Bad; unfortunate


lamentable; deplorable; distressing; pitiful; sad; sorry

Context examples:

my finances were in a deplorable state / a lamentable decision / her clothes were in sad shape / a sorry state of affairs


bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)

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Causing dejection


drear; depressing; dreary; dismal; gloomy; dispiriting; disconsolate; dingy; drab; sorry; grim; dark; blue

Context examples:

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


cheerless; uncheerful (lacking cheer; depressing)

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Without merit


good-for-naught; good-for-nothing; meritless; no-account; no-count; no-good; sorry

Context examples:

a sorry horse / a sorry excuse / a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick / the car was a no-good piece of junk


worthless (lacking in usefulness or value)

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