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sorry adj (sorrier, sorriest) 1 distressed or full of regret or shame, especially over something that one has done or said, something one feels responsible for, something that has happened, etc I'm sorry if I hurt you I'm sorry that you've had to wait. 2 (usually sorry for someone) full of pity or sympathy Everyone felt sorry for him when she left him. 3 pitifully bad in a sorry state. 4 contemptibly bad; worthless; extremely poor a sorry excuse. exclamation 1 given as an apology. 2 used when asking for something that has just been said to be repeated Sorry? What was that you said? sorrily adverb. sorriness noun. sorryish adj. be or feel, etc sorry for oneself to indulge in self-pity, especially in an excessive way.
ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon sarig wounded, from sar sore.
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