Synonyms of sorry
1 regretfulDictionary • She was very sorry about all the trouble she'd caused.
regretful • He gave a regretful smile.
apologetic • The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
contrite • He was so contrite that he wrote me a letter of apology.
repentant • a repentant criminal
remorseful • He was genuinely remorseful.
penitent • a penitent sinner
shamefaced • There was a long silence and my father looked shamefaced.
in sackcloth and ashes
, not contrite
2 sympatheticDictionary • I am very sorry for the family.
sympathetic • It may be that he sees you only as a sympathetic friend.
full of pity
compassionate • My father was a deeply compassionate man.
, compassionless (rare)
3 sadDictionary • What he must not do is sit around at home feeling sorry for himself.
sad • The loss left me feeling sad and empty.
unhappy • Her marriage is in trouble and she is desperately unhappy.
melancholy • It was at this time of day that he felt most melancholy.
mournful • He looked mournful, even near to tears.
sorrowful • His father's face looked suddenly soft and sorrowful.
disconsolate • He was looking increasingly disconsolate.
4 wretchedDictionary • She is in a sorry state.
wretched • What a wretched excuse!
miserable • They have so far accepted a miserable 1,100 refugees from the former Yugoslavia.
pathetic • That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
mean • He was raised in the mean streets of the central market district.
poor • I feel sorry for that poor child.
sad • It's a sad truth that children are the biggest victims of passive smoking.
dismal • You can't occupy yourself with dismal thoughts all the time.
vile • a vile and despicable crime
pitiful • It was the most pitiful sight I had ever seen.
abject • Both of them died in abject poverty.
deplorable • Many of them work under deplorable conditions.
pitiable • Her grandmother seemed to her a pitiable figure.
piteous • a piteous sight
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abjectYou use abject to emphasize that a situation or quality is extremely bad.
• Both of them died in abject poverty.
apologeticIf you are apologetic, you show or say that you are sorry for causing trouble for someone, for hurting them, or for disappointing them.
• The hospital staff were very apologetic about the mistake.
compassionateIf you describe someone or something as compassionate, you mean that they feel or show pity, sympathy, and understanding for people who are suffering.
• My father was a deeply compassionate man.
Thesaurus for sorry from the Collins English Thesaurus
feeling or expressing pity, sympathy, remorse, grief, or regret