From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsorrowsor‧row1 /ˈsɒrəʊ $ ˈsɑːroʊ, ˈsɔː-/ ●○○ noun 🔊 🔊 1[uncountable]SAD/UNHAPPY a feeling of great sadness, usually because someone has died or because something terrible has happened to you → griefgreat/deep sorrow 🔊 a time of great sorrowsorrow at 🔊 He expressed his sorrow at my father’s death.sorrow for 🔊 Claudia felt a deep pang of sorrow for the woman.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say sadness rather than sorrow:She talked about her sadness after his death.2[countable]SAD/UNHAPPY an event or situation that makes you feel great sadness 🔊 the family’s joys and sorrows3 →more in sorrow than in anger → drown your sorrowsat drown(5)
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sorrow• She tried to drive the thought from her mind, feeling an all-too familiarsurge of anger and sorrow.• A long, painfuljourney has led them to this point, one filled with heartache and sorrow.• Her life was filled with heartache and sorrow.• We shared all of our family's joys and sorrows.• Similarly the threat of a lossarousesanxiety and actual loss causessorrow, while both situations are likely to arouse anger.• The deepsorrow she felt was obvious in the expression of her face.• They intuit what it must be like feeling sorrow so far from home.• Six weeks later we heard, to our great sorrow, that he had died.• He turned quickly away, more in sorrow than in anger.• Because her only defence was to turn him against her, she realised with a pang of sorrow.• Each seemed possessed by a serenesorrow, and in a moment he learnedwhy.• And when she awoke, her face was moisturewet, as if she had been weeping for some sorrow all night long.• Before them stood a crowd of overjoyed neighbours who had shared their sorrow and now could share in their happiness.great/deep sorrow• Her mind went back to Mac MacFadyen, and she felt a deep sorrow for him.• Again he touched his cheek, but this time he felt no anger, merely a deep sorrow.• And the humanswell of anger and deep sorrow has been screened directly into our living rooms.• I felt great sorrow for Jerome.• As he looked at Katherine, great sorrowclouded his eyes.• It is my great sorrow, and makes my life very unhappy.• I know that he can not take away the deep sorrow that seems to circle around me everywhere I go.• Thus great sorrows for their children and grandchildren came upon Cadmus and Harmonia in old age after great prosperity.sorrowsorrow2 verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 literarySAD/UNHAPPY to feel or expresssorrowsorrow over 🔊 Her friend was sorrowing over the loss of a child. 🔊 sorrowing parents→ See Verb table
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sorrow• She told about a woman in her griefcounseling group, who was also sorrowing over the loss of a child.