Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Painfully; grievously.
  • adv. Extremely; greatly: Their skills were sorely needed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a sore or desperate manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a sore manner; grievously; painfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sore; sorrowful.
  • In a sore manner; painfully; sadly; violently; severely; extremely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in or as if in pain
  • adv. to a great degree

Etymologies

sore +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Oh, Teddy!" cries she, suddenly, covering her face with her hands, "at times, when I see certain flowers or hear some music connected with the olden days, my heart dies within me, -- I lose all hope; and then I miss you sorely, -- _sorely_."

    Molly Bawn

  • She knows that I came besides my business with Mr Austin, partly to try the pulse of the parties here about the reception of two Girls instead of one, and I find that Betsey Mothersole has been at home during their holidays and is going to day to school again sorely against her will.

    Letter 254

  • The 'RINO arguments', as you put it is once again sorely misrepresented in you statement.

    Sound Politics: Statewide Bloodbath

  • Haiti will never become anything unless they get education ... a word sorely missing from this "news" story.

    "MAIN" via Steve in Google Reader

  • The entire thing angers me enough that I remain sorely tempted to give the whole thing up and make it somebody else’s problem.

    Waldo Jaquith - Should I shut down the aggregator?

  • What is it in Jesus Christ that calls the sorely-tempted one to Him?

    Our Master Thoughts for Salvationists about Their Lord

  • Mr. Doherty contends that what we "sorely" need as a nation is Ayn Rand's "consistent, passionate, and even heroic defense of American freedom."

    The Right and Rand's No-Comfort Zones

  • In a 1919 study written by Harvard economics professor Robert F. Foerster, Italian immigrants were found to be sorely lacking the American work ethic.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • When every state is slashing social programs for the most vulnerable, this is a welcome, but sorely inadequate, assistance.

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva: Women Want Jobs, Not Handouts

  • The lame apology: After a major uproar, Kelly issued a post-script below her post: I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed ... and I sorely regret that it upset people so much.

    The Stir: Note to Apology-Happy Media: Please Get a Spine

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