To be sorry is to feel regret or feel bad about something — usually something you did. "I'm sorry" is an apology.

If you're feeling sorry about something, then you're feeling a combination of sadness and regret. You can be sorry for things you did, and you can also be sorry for bad things that happen to other people that don't involve you. At a funeral, people say "I'm sorry for your loss." The word sorry can also be used as an adjective to mean shoddy or crappy, as in "That is one sorry excuse!"

Definitions of sorry
  1. adjective
    feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone
    synonyms: bad, regretful
    penitent, repentant
    feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
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    unregretful, unregretting
    feeling no regret
  2. adjective
    without merit
    “a sorry horse”
    “a sorry excuse”
    synonyms: good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good
    lacking in usefulness or value
  3. adjective
    bad; unfortunate
    “a sorry state of affairs”
    synonyms: deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad
    having undesirable or negative qualities
  4. adjective
    causing dejection
    synonyms: blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim
    cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
    causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
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