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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sorry \Sor"ry\, a. [Compar. Sorrier; superl. Sorriest.] [OE. sory, sary, AS. s[=a]rig, fr. s[=a]r, n., sore. See Sore, n. & a. The original sense was, painful; hence, miserable, sad.] 1. Grieved for the loss of some good; pained for some evil; feeling regret; -- now generally used to express light grief or affliction, but formerly often used to express deeper feeling. "I am sorry for my sins." --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster] Ye were made sorry after a godly manner. --2 Cor. vii. 9. [1913 Webster] I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster] She entered, were he lief or sorry. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] All full of chirking was this sorry place. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse. "With sorry grace." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Cheeks of sorry grain will serve. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Syn: Hurt; afflicted; mortified; vexed; chagrined; melancholy; dismal; poor; mean; pitiful. [1913 Webster]