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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sorriest (Shak.) most sorrowful
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  • Jean Paul
    “Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sárig, wounded—sár, pain; Dut. zeerig.


In literature:

At the hour appointed the Judge came up, leading the sorriest-looking specimen of a horse ever seen in those parts.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
Although, perhaps, you think your uncle is the one to be sorriest for.
"Barbara in Brittany" by E. A. Gillie
That fighting of a battle without belief is, I think, the sorriest task which ever falls to the lot of any man.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It's my father that I'm sorriest for.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
It was the sorriest travesty of similar scenes in a politer world.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
He leads at Home the sorriest of Lives.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
The sorriest critic, however, knows that horror ought not to be produced on the stage.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
The water has receded in the night almost as rapidly as it came, and behind it remains the sorriest sight imaginable.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
In all my sorrow I am sorriest, Henry, for you.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
She is the one I'm sorriest for.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Certainly the sorriest figure on the rolls of fame.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A man in love, I do think, cuts the sorriest figure in the world.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
If I read t' Owd Book right 'E allus seemed t' sorriest for them 'at were t' worst.
"Windyridge" by W. Riley
But it was the sorriest attempt you can imagine!
"That Little Beggar" by E. King Hall
He's the sorriest father you ever seen!
"Hope Hathaway" by Frances Parker
What a crying shame we're not allowed to keep the sorriest hack at King's.
"Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories" by Ouida
As Julie had said, the two convicts crawled up from behind the wall, looking the sorriest mortals ever one saw.
"Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The sorriest rabble everywhere, but in no place have they reached such scoundrelism as in Rome.
"Rule of the Monk" by Giuseppe Garibaldi
Don't fall down, or we'll make you the sorriest man you could ever dream of being.
"The Ranger Boys Outwit the Timber Thieves" by Claude A. Labelle
We know that she rode the sorriest horse, and wore the roughest gown.
"The Makers of Modern Rome" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

In news:

WEST COAST COUNTRY, FORMERLY A GLORIOUS and deeply influential movement with a sound as distinct as Memphis soul, is indisputably in its sorriest-ever shape.
"The 'good observer,' " he wrote in 1925, soon after arriving here from Berlin, "is the sorriest reporter.