AskDefine | Define sorrow

Dictionary Definition



1 an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement; "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss" [ant: joy]
2 sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game" [syn: regret, rue, ruefulness]
3 something that causes great unhappiness; "her death was a great grief to John" [syn: grief]
4 the state of being sad; "she tired of his perpetual sadness" [syn: sadness, sorrowfulness] v : feel grief; eat one's heart out [syn: grieve]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English sorh, from Germanic *surgō. Cognate with Dutch zorg, German Sorge, Swedish sorg.



  1. unhappiness, woe
  2. italbrac usually in plural An instance or cause of unhappiness.
Parting is such sweet sorrow.


instance or cause of unhappiness
  • Finnish: suru, murhe, huoli
  • Old English: cearu

Extensive Definition

Sorrow is the name of:
"Sing The Sorrow" is also the title of a now platinum album released by the band AFI in 2003.
sorrow in Polish: Smutek
sorrow in Ukrainian: Сум

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ache, adversity, afflict, affliction, aggrieve, agonize, agony, anguish, apologies, attrition, ayenbite of inwit, bad luck, bemoan, bemoaning, bewail, bewailing, bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill, bitterness, bleed, break down, bring to tears, brood over, burden, burden of care, cankerworm of care, care, cares, carking care, contriteness, contrition, cross, crown of thorns, crush, curse, cut up, dejection, deplore, depression, desolate, desolateness, desolation, dirge, discomfort, dismay, distress, dole, dolor, draw tears, elegize, embitter, encumbrance, fret, gall, gall and wormwood, give sorrow words, grief, grievance, grieve, grieving, groan, hard luck, hardship, heartache, heartbreak, heartfelt grief, heartgrief, howling, infliction, inundate, keen, keening, knell, lament, lamentation, lamenting, languishment, load, melancholy, misery, misfortune, moan, moaning, mope, mourn, mourning, oppress, oppression, overwhelm, pack of troubles, pain, peck of troubles, pine, pine away, pining, pressure, prostrate, prostration, regret, regretfulness, regrets, regretting, remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repine, repining, rue, sadness, sea of troubles, shame, shamefacedness, shamefastness, shamefulness, sigh, sing the blues, sob, sorriness, sorrowfulness, sorrowing, strain, suffering, take on, thorn, torment, travail, trial, tribulation, trouble, ululation, unhappiness, wailing, waters of bitterness, weep over, weight, wistfulness, woe, wretchedness
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