sorrow Definition

a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others.

Using sorrow: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sorrow" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She felt great sorrow when her dog died.

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    The nation was in sorrow after the tragic event.

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    He expressed his sorrow for his mistake.

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    The painting evokes a sense of sorrow.

sorrow Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sorrow

Idioms Using sorrow

  • to one's sorrow

    unfortunately, as a result of an unpleasant experience


    He learned to his sorrow that he couldn't trust everyone.

  • sorrow's crown of sorrow

    the additional sorrow that comes from being aware of one's own sorrow


    She felt sorrow's crown of sorrow when she realized how much her grief was affecting those around her.

  • sorrow is knowledge

    the experience of sorrow can lead to greater understanding and wisdom


    She learned that sorrow is knowledge after going through a difficult time in her life.

Phrases with sorrow

  • an intense feeling of sadness and grief


    She was filled with deep sorrow after the loss of her father.

  • eyes that express sadness or grief


    Her sorrowful eyes revealed the pain she was feeling.

  • when you share your sorrow with someone, it becomes easier to bear, and when you share your joy, it becomes greater


    She shared her sorrow with her friend, and it made her feel better.

Origins of sorrow

from Old English 'sorg', meaning 'grief, regret'


Summary: sorrow in Brief

The term 'sorrow' [ˈsɒrəʊ] refers to a deep feeling of distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune. It is often accompanied by grief, sadness, and heartache. Phrases like 'deep sorrow' and 'sorrowful eyes' describe the intensity of the emotion, while idioms like 'to one's sorrow' and 'sorrow's crown of sorrow' reflect its impact on one's life. 'Sorrow is knowledge' suggests that it can lead to greater understanding and wisdom.

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