What is another word for sorrow?

Synonyms for sorrow
ˈsɒr oʊ, ˈsɔr oʊsor·row

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term sorrow.

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sorrow

    Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune, or deep disappointment. Grief is more acute and less enduring than sorrow. Sorrow and grief are for definite cause; sadness and melancholy may arise from a vague sense of want or loss, from a low state of health, or other ill-defined cause; sadness may be momentary; melancholy is more enduring, and may become chronic. Affliction expresses a deep heart-sorrow and is applied also to the misfortune producing such sorrow; mourning most frequently denotes sorrow publicly expressed, or the public expression of such sorrow as may reasonably be expected; as, it is common to observe thirty days of mourning on the death of an officer of state.

    See synonyms for HAPPINESS.

    affliction, distress, grief, melancholy, mourning, regret, sadness, tribulation, trouble, wo

    Grief at a loss; for a friend.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sorrow

    affliction, grief, sadness, trouble, regret, distress, mental pain, ruth, mourning

    joy, gladness, rejoicing

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrownoun

    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement

    "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"

    regret, ruefulness, rue, sadness, grief, sorrowfulness

    joyousness, joyfulness, joy

  2. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulnessnoun

    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

    regret, ruefulness, grief, rue, sorrowfulness, herb of grace, sadness

    joyousness, joyfulness, joy

  3. grief, sorrownoun

    something that causes great unhappiness

    "her death was a great grief to John"

    regret, sadness, ruefulness, brokenheartedness, heartache, sorrowfulness, heartbreak, rue, grief

    joyousness, joy, joyfulness

  4. sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulnessverb

    the state of being sad

    "she tired of his perpetual sadness"

    regret, unhappiness, sadness, ruefulness, grief, gloominess, mournfulness, lugubriousness, sorrowfulness, rue, ruthfulness

    joyousness, joy, joyfulness

  5. grieve, sorrowverb

    feel grief

    grieve, aggrieve

    joyfulness, joyousness, joy

Matched Categories

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sorrownoun

    grief, sadness, affliction, mourning, trouble

  2. sorrownoun

    regret, vexation, chagrin

  3. sorrowverb

    grieve, mourn, be sad

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sorrownoun

    grief, regret, remorse, misery, heaviness, rue, unhappiness, contrition, dolor, agony, distress, compunction, bereavement

  2. sorrowverb

    grieve, mourn, regret, deplore, bewail, lament

How to pronounce sorrow?

How to say sorrow in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency


How to use sorrow in a sentence?

  1. Confucius:

    If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand

  2. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    I dreamed a dream, that I had flung a chain of roses around Love, — I woke, and found I had chained Sorrow.

  3. Police Commissioner James O'Neill:

    The tragic news today that another member of The NYPD has been lost to suicide breaks our hearts, and is a deep sorrow felt by all of New York City, to every member of The NYPD, please know this : The NYPD is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay if you are facing struggles.

  4. Herbert Hoover:

    Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are aftermath of war.

  5. Ecclesiastes:

    Give not over thy soul to sorrow and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days.

Translations for sorrow

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for sorrow »


Find a translation for the sorrow synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"sorrow." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 17 May 2022. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/sorrow>.

Discuss these sorrow synonyms with the community:


    Are we missing a good synonym for sorrow?

    Browse Synonyms.com

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a human thesaurus?

    Which of the following words is not a synonym of the others?
    • A. reclusive
    • B. cloistral
    • C. secluded
    • D. secular

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for sorrow: