He offered a tepid, somewhat perfunctory sounding apology: "I cannnot adequately express how sorry I am for my crimes."
Is he sorry for how many suffered and died as a result of his actions?
In fact, there have been hints of reason in this sorry show of hate.
I did so, and he explained that he did not mean to be inappropriate and he was sorry if I was offended.
I am sorry for all the pain and misery I have brought you both, not just now, from these past few years as well.
One who is sorry she did it, but would undoubtedly do it again.
Which was very ugly in me, and I cried afterwards and told her how sorry I was.
He was sorry for the poor little maid who had aped the ways of the grown-up.
"I am sorry you couldn't agree with Halbert Davis, Robert," she said, with a sigh.
You're kind of soft around the stomach, Mr. Henderson, I'm sorry to say.
Old English sarig "distressed, grieved, full of sorrow" (not found in the physical sense of "sore"), from Proto-Germanic *sairiga- "painful" (cf. Old Saxon serag, Middle Dutch seerigh "sore; sad, sorry," Dutch zeerig "sore, full of sores," Old High German serag, Swedish sårig "sore, full of sores"), from *sairaz "pain" (physical and mental); related to *saira- "suffering, sick, ill" (see sore (adj.)). Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor" first recorded mid-13c. Spelling shift from -a- to -o- by influence of sorrow. Apologetic sense (short for I'm sorry) is attested from 1834; phrase sorry about that popularized 1960s by U.S. TV show "Get Smart." Related: Sorrily; sorriness.