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Related to sorriness: in earnest


 (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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sorriness - worthlessness due to insignificance
worthlessness, ineptitude - having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
References in classic literature ?
Moreover, the figure near at hand suffers on such occasion, because it shows up its sorriness without shade; while vague figures afar off are honoured, in that their distance makes artistic virtues of their stains.
On the one hand, it helps illustrating the writer's motivation of emphasizing the sorriness of awakening.
His alcoholic uncle comes to visit, and Suttree, who is otherwise very forgiving of other drunks, expounds upon the uncle's "sorriness" as a "rummy" and extends the painful analysis to blame him for disaffectedness between his own parents, and between his father and himself (19, 20).