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Middle English sorow, from Old English sorg; akin to Old High German sorga sorrow
- 1a : deep distress, sadness, or regret especially for the loss of someone or something loved
- b : resultant unhappy or unpleasant state <to their great sorrow they could not marry>
- 2: a cause of grief or sadness
- 3: a display of grief or sadness
Sorrow is an emotion, feeling, or sentiment. Sorrow 'is more "intense" than sadness...it implies a long term state'. At the same time 'sorrow - but not unhappiness - suggests a degree of resignation...which lends sorrow its peculiar air of dignity'. Sorrow can be said to be half way between sadness (accepting) and distress (not accepting)'.