Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or feeling of being sorry, in any sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being sorry.

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  • noun The state or quality of being sorry.

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

  • noun worthlessness due to insignificance

Etymologies

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From sorry +‎ -ness

Examples

  • She laughs a laugh that is singular and plural and echoish, high and low, throaty and chesty, and squeezes her legs around my waist to press me harder against her, silencing my sorriness by sucking on my bottom lip.

    Taxonomies

  • One thing is for sure, he's not happy in the circumstances he now finds himself, whether or not that translates into a contrition and/or true sorriness.

    CNN Transcript Jul 29, 2009

  • "De Klerk has attached a condition to his sorriness," Sexwale said, in reference to de Klerk's statement that while he accepted responsibility for apartheid-era human rights abuses committed when he was president, his government had never sanctioned the killing of opponents.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Perhaps if I told him I knew how wicked I was, the sorriness would come later.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall

  • And her sorriness held her heart warm, in the glow of giving comfort.

    The Fortieth Door

  • He was busily getting both her cool hands into the hot grasp of one of his own, and the fingers of his other hand, a little moist, were forcing themselves beneath her chin, but there was something in the honest sorriness of her tone which made him pause even in that triumphant and satisfying moment.

    Jane Journeys On

  • In Fifine the Don Juan of tradition was lifted up into and haloed about with poetical splendours not his own; here he is depressed into an equally alien sorriness of prose.

    Robert Browning

  • For many love GOD while they are at ease; and in adversity they grumble, and fall into so great sorriness, that scarcely may any man comfort them: and so slander they GOD, striving and fighting against His judgments.

    The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises

  • And that thou mayst last and grow in the goodness that thou hast begun without slowness, and sorriness, and irking of thy life; four things shalt thou have in thy thought, till thou beest in perfect love.

    The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises

  • In _Fifine_ the Don Juan of tradition was lifted up into and haloed about with poetical splendours not his own; here he is depressed into an equally alien sorriness of prose.

    Robert Browning

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