sorrow

Sorrow is a feeling of immense sadness, like the sorrow you would feel if your best friend suddenly moved across the country.

Sorrow is an almost unbearable sadness. In fact, it is often used as a synonym for grief. If you drop a pretty picture frame and it breaks, you might feel sad. If, on the other hand, your entire house — including that picture frame — burns to the ground, you will feel sorrow at the loss of everything, including the photographs and other mementos you can never replace.

Definitions of sorrow
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n an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement

“he tried to express his sorrow at her loss”
Antonyms:
joy, joyfulness, joyousness
the emotion of great happiness
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broken heart
devastating sorrow and despair
brokenheartedness, grief, heartache, heartbreak
intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
mournfulness, ruthfulness, sorrowfulness
a state of gloomy sorrow
self-pity
a feeling of sorrow (often self-indulgent) over your own sufferings
woe, woefulness
intense mournfulness
plaintiveness
expressing sorrowfulness
dolor, dolour
(poetry) painful grief
Type of:
sadness, unhappiness
emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

n sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

“he drank to drown his sorrows
Synonyms:
regret, rue, ruefulness
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attrition, contriteness, contrition
sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
compunction, remorse, self-reproach
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
guilt, guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience
remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
penance, penitence, repentance
remorse for your past conduct
Type of:
sadness, unhappiness
emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

n something that causes great unhappiness

Synonyms:
grief
Type of:
negative stimulus
a stimulus with undesirable consequences

n the state of being sad

Synonyms:
sadness, sorrowfulness
Types:
bereavement, mourning
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
poignance, poignancy
a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow
Type of:
unhappiness
state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief

v feel grief

Synonyms:
grieve
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mourn
feel sadness
compassionate, condole with, feel for, pity, sympathize with
share the suffering of
commiserate, sympathise, sympathize
to feel or express sympathy or compassion
care
feel concern or interest
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suffer
experience (emotional) pain

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