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[sawr-lee, sohr-] /ˈsɔr li, ˈsoʊr-/
in a painful manner.
extremely; very:
I was sorely tempted to report him.
before 900; Middle English sarely, soreli, Old English sārlīce; see sore, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And it is a faith sorely tested by advances in science and technology.
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  • He will be sorely missed by all his fans around the world.
  • But it is not unfair to criticise the monarchy and its advisers for having created a system where the king is so sorely needed.
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  • It feels as if he wrote it in a vacuum, and the hand of an editor is sorely missed.
  • Peace, respect, and universal moral principles will be sorely lacking.
  • We are sorely missing leaders who rise by working for people's causes and who truly represent common people.
  • More context surrounding this incident is sorely needed.
  • But editors in search of a legal word limit are sorely disappointed.
British Dictionary definitions for sorely


painfully or grievously: sorely wounded
pressingly or greatly: to be sorely taxed, he will be sorely missed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sorely

Old English sarlice "grievously, mournfully, bitterly, painfully;" see sore (adj.) + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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