Synonyms for sorrowˈsɒr oʊ, ˈsɔr oʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrow(noun)

    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement

    regret, ruefulness, rue, sadness, grief, sorrowfulness

    joyousness, joyfulness, joy

  2. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulness(noun)

    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    regret, ruefulness, grief, rue, sorrow, sorrowfulness, herb of grace, sadness

    joyousness, joyfulness, joy

  3. grief, sorrow(noun)

    something that causes great unhappiness

    regret, sadness, ruefulness, brokenheartedness, heartache, sorrow, sorrowfulness, heartbreak, rue, grief

    joyousness, joy, joyfulness

  4. sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulness(verb)

    the state of being sad

    regret, unhappiness, sadness, ruefulness, grief, sorrow, gloominess, mournfulness, lugubriousness, sorrowfulness, rue, ruthfulness

    joyousness, joy, joyfulness

  5. grieve, sorrow(verb)

    feel grief

    grieve, sorrow, aggrieve

    joyfulness, joyousness, joy

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sorrow

    Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune, or deep disappointment. Grief is more acute and less enduring than sorrow. Sorrow and grief are for definite cause; sadness and melancholy may arise from a vague sense of want or loss, from a low state of health, or other ill-defined cause; sadness may be momentary; melancholy is more enduring, and may become chronic. Affliction expresses a deep heart-sorrow and is applied also to the misfortune producing such sorrow; mourning most frequently denotes sorrow publicly expressed, or the public expression of such sorrow as may reasonably be expected; as, it is common to observe thirty days of mourning on the death of an officer of state.

    See synonyms for HAPPINESS.

    affliction, distress, grief, melancholy, mourning, regret, sadness, tribulation, trouble, wo

    Grief at a loss; for a friend.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sorrow(n.)

    grief, sadness, affliction, mourning, trouble

  2. sorrow(n.)

    regret, vexation, chagrin

  3. sorrow(v. n.)

    grieve, mourn, be sad

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List of paraphrases:

sadness, grief, pain, spite, regret, heartache, mourning, woe, contrition, anguish, affliction, distress, penalty

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