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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English sorow, sorwe, from Old English sorh, sorg, from Proto-Germanic *surgō (compare West Frisian soarch, Dutch zorg, German Sorge, Danish and Norwegian sorg), from Proto-Indo-European *swergʰ- (watch over, worry) (compare Old Irish serg (sickness), Tocharian B sark (sickness), Lithuanian sirgti (be sick), Sanskrit सूर्क्षति (sū́rkṣati, worry).

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NounEdit

sorrow (countable and uncountable, plural sorrows)

  1. (uncountable) unhappiness, woe
    • Rambler
      The safe and general antidote against sorrow is employment.
  2. (countable) (usually in plural) An instance or cause of unhappiness.
    Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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sorrow (third-person singular simple present sorrows, present participle sorrowing, simple past and past participle sorrowed)

  1. (intransitive) To feel or express grief.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 424:
      Sorrow not, sir,’ says he, ‘like those without hope.’
  2. (transitive) To feel grief over; to mourn, regret.

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