1. Sorrow aroused by circumstances beyond one's control or power to repair
2. An expression of distressing emotion (as sorrow or disappointment) plural; a note politely declining an invitation
ETYM Old Eng. sorwe, sorewe, sorge, as. sorg, sorh; akin to Dutch zorg care, anxiety, os. sorga, Old High Germ. sorga, soraga, suorga, German sorge, Icel., Swed., and Dan. sorg, Goth. saúrga; of unknown origin.
1. An emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement.
2. Sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; SYN. regret, ruefulness.