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sorry (adj.)

古英语 sarig "苦恼、悲痛、充满忧愁"(在物理意义上的"疮"中找不到),来自于原日耳曼语 *sairiga- "痛苦的"(也是古撒克逊语 serag ,中荷兰语 seerigh "疮;悲伤、抱歉"的来源,荷兰语 zeerig "疮,充满忧愁",古高德语 serag ,瑞典语 sårig "疮,充满忧愁"),来自于 *sairaz "痛苦"(身体的和精神的);与 *saira- "痛苦、病痛、生病"有关(见 sore ( adj.))。意为"可怜的,没有价值的,可怜的",最早记录于13世纪中叶,受 sorrow 的影响,拼写从 -a- 转为 -o- 。歉意(简称 I'm sorry )从1834年就有记载;20世纪60年代由美国电视节目"Get Smart"普及了 sorry about that 。相关链接: Sorrily ; sorriness

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Definitions of sorry from WordNet

sorry (adj.)
bad; unfortunate;
a sorry state of affairs
sorry (adj.)
without merit; of little or no value or use;
a sorry excuse
a sorry horse
Synonyms: good-for-nothing / good-for-naught / meritless / no-account / no-count / no-good
sorry (adj.)
causing dejection;
Synonyms: blue / dark / dingy / disconsolate / dismal / gloomy / grim / drab / drear / dreary
sorry (adj.)
feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone;
Synonyms: regretful / bad
From wordnet.princeton.edu