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

adj feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone

bad, regretful
penitent, repentant
feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
unregretful, unregretting
feeling no regret

adj without merit

“a sorry horse”
“a sorry excuse”
good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, meritless, no-account, no-count, no-good
lacking in usefulness or value

adj bad; unfortunate

“a sorry state of affairs”
deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad
having undesirable or negative qualities

adj causing dejection

blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

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