1. feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone;
- Example: "felt regretful over his vanished youth"
- Example: "regretful over mistakes she had made"
- Example: "he felt bad about breaking the vase"
[syn: regretful, sorry, bad]
2. bad; unfortunate;
- Example: "my finances were in a deplorable state"
- Example: "a lamentable decision"
- Example: "her clothes were in sad shape"
- Example: "a sorry state of affairs"
[syn: deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry]
3. without merit;
- Example: "a sorry horse"
- Example: "a sorry excuse"
- Example: "a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick"
- Example: "the car was a no-good piece of junk"
[syn: good-for-nothing, good-for-naught, meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good, sorry]
4. causing dejection;
- Example: "a blue day"
- Example: "the dark days of the war"
- Example: "a week of rainy depressing weather"
- Example: "a disconsolate winter landscape"
- Example: "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"
- Example: "a dark gloomy day"
- Example: "grim rainy weather"
[syn: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sorry \Sor"ry\, a. [Compar. Sorrier; superl. Sorriest.] [OE. sory, sary, AS. s[=a]rig, fr. s[=a]r, n., sore. See Sore, n. & a. The original sense was, painful; hence, miserable, sad.] 1. 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." --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] Ye were made sorry after a godly manner. --2 Cor. vii. 9. [1913 Webster] I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster] She entered, were he lief or sorry. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] All full of chirking was this sorry place. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. "With sorry grace." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Cheeks of sorry grain will serve. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Syn: Hurt; afflicted; mortified; vexed; chagrined; melancholy; dismal; poor; mean; pitiful. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
119 Moby Thesaurus words for "sorry": abject, apologetic, ashamed, bad, base, base-minded, beggarly, beneath contempt, beneath one, cheap, cheerless, cheesy, common, compunctious, conscience-smitten, conscience-stricken, contemptible, contrite, crummy, debasing, degrading, demeaning, deplorable, depressing, despicable, discontented, disgraceful, dismal, full of remorse, gaudy, gimcracky, grim, gutter, heavyhearted, humiliating, humiliative, humorless, ignoble, ill-starred, in bad humor, inadequate, infestive, infra dig, infra indignitatem, joyless, low, low-minded, mean, melancholy, meretricious, mirthless, miserable, opprobrious, out of humor, out of sorts, outrageous, paltry, pathetic, penitent, penitential, pitiable, pitiful, pleasureless, poor, regretful, remorseful, repentant, repining, rubbishy, rueful, sad, saddened, scandalous, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurvy, scuzzy, self-accusing, self-condemning, self-convicting, self-debasing, self-flagellating, self-humiliating, self-punishing, self-reproaching, shabby, shamefaced, shamefast, shameful, shocking, shoddy, sordid, sorrowful, sorryish, star-crossed, stark, too bad, trashy, trifling, trumpery, two-for-a-cent, two-for-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny, unbecoming, uncheerful, uncheery, unhappy, unhappy about, unjoyful, unmirthful, unsmiling, unworthy of one, valueless, vile, wistful, worthless, wretched