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 (sŏr′ē, sôr′ē)
adj. sor·ri·er, sor·ri·est
a. Feeling or expressing sorrow: We're sorry to hear that you're leaving so soon.
b. Feeling or expressing sympathy or pity: She felt sorry for the rain-soaked cat.
c. Feeling or expressing regret, especially for a misdeed or mistake: He said he was sorry for breaking the window. I'm sorry I yelled at you.
2. Worthless or inferior; paltry: a sorry excuse.
3. Causing sorrow, grief, or misfortune; grievous: a sorry development.
1. Used to express apology.
2. Used to express interrogation, especially as a request for a person to say something again.

[Middle English sori, from Old English sārig, sad, from sār, sore.]

sor′ri·ly adv.
sor′ri·ness n.
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You can't change the world and the people via seeking sorrily, but you can consult the situations through it.
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"I do think their performance, unfortunately, was sorrily lacking and I think they probably got their just desserts, myself.