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adjective     sorry pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    used for emphasizing how bad, stupid, or embarrassing something is

    That’s the sorriest excuse I’ve ever heard.

    a sorry business/mess/state (=an unpleasant or difficult situation):

    If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be in this sorry mess.

    1. a.
      used for emphasizing that something is so bad that it makes you feel sympathy

      What a sorry sight they were!

  2. 2
    ashamed, embarrassed, or unhappy about something that you have done

    Tell your sister you’re sorry!

    sorry (that):

    I’m sorry I behaved in such a childish way.

    sorry for:

    He wasn’t sorry for hitting the other boy.

  3. 3
    feeling sadness or sympathy for someone because something bad has happened to them
    sorry about:

    I’m sorry about your losing your job.

    sorry to hear (that):

    I am sorry to hear that your father died.

  4. 4
    disappointed about a situation, and wishing you could change it
    sorry (that):

    I’m sorry you have decided to leave the company.

    We’re sorry you weren’t happy with our service.

  5. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    you'll be sorry used to tell someone that they will soon wish they had not done something, especially because someone will be angry or punish them

    Don't you dare do that again, or you'll be sorry!

    Submitted by Caleb Judy from United States on 07/11/2015
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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