Definition of sorely in English:



  • To a very high degree or level of intensity.

    ‘she would sorely miss his company’
    ‘help was sorely needed’
    • ‘It gave him perseverance, a quality sorely needed when he chose the uncertain life of an artist.’
    • ‘I for one will sorely miss his banter as he cruised past the trip boat.’
    • ‘We were sorely missed no doubt, though no rescue attempts have been made.’
    • ‘By the time I reached the end of the bulletin I was sorely tempted to ring my brother and chortle down the telephone.’
    • ‘David was a very loving husband and father and he will be sorely missed.’
    • ‘It was the recipe for one of the most original television programmes of the 90s, and sorely missed.’
    • ‘After all, my collection of portable fighting games is sorely lacking at the moment.’
    • ‘The club's guestbook has many tributes to this delightful gentleman, who will be sorely missed.’
    • ‘Needless to say, this approach is sorely needed in an increasingly polarised world.’
    • ‘He enjoyed the conversation and banter around the table and his absence now is sorely felt.’
    • ‘Hundreds of letters later it is evident he will be sorely missed by you, our readers, too.’
    • ‘You're sorely tempted, and you are annoyed with yourself for being so easily led.’
    • ‘Local residents will sorely miss the racket created by the winged brigade at dusk.’
    • ‘I'd be sorely disappointed in the Guardian if it advocated capital punishment.’
    • ‘He will be very sorely missed as a person and for his efforts and work.’
    • ‘Heaven knows we need them - and they were often sorely neglected in the past.’
    • ‘Chris was everything you could ask of a captain and he will be sorely missed.’
    • ‘To judge by the reaction Galloway gets walking the streets of his new constituency, King is not sorely missed.’
    • ‘He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him and the world is truly a lesser place without him.’
    • ‘As we returned to the hotel for another swim before our return home, we were sorely tempted to ask for another night.’
    severely, gravely, badly, critically, acutely, sorely, grievously, desperately, alarmingly, dangerously, perilously
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Old English sārlīce (see sore, -ly).