sorry, adj. 1. remorseful, regretful, rueful, contrite, compunctious; conscience-stricken, conscience-smitten, guilt-ridden, repining, regretting, full of regrets; apologetic, repentant, penitent, pentitential, atoning, in sackcloth and ashes; humbled, abject, sheepish, embarrassed, chastened; ashamed, shameful, shamed, shamefaced, Sl. bummed out, disturbed, troubled.
2. sympathetic, understanding, commiserative, commiserating, empathetic, pitying, full of pity.
3. miserable, wretched, pitiful, pitiable, piteous, Inf. lousy, Sl. rotten; adverse, difficult, troublesome, hard, trying; star-crossed, ill-starred, evil-starred, unlucky, luckless, unfortunate, hapless; tragic, ruinous, fatal, dire, black, grievous, joyless, grim, stark, bleak; abject, sordid.
4. sorrowful, dejected, depressed, despondent, crestfallen, downcast. See - sorrowful (def. 1).
5. melancholy, dismal, disheartening, depressing, dreary, somber, dark, gloomy; solemn, wailful, sepulchral, funereal, melancholic, plaintive; threnodic, dirgelike, dirgeful, epicedial, elegiac; pathetic, touching, heartrending, heartbreaking.
6. destitute, indigent, poverty-stricken, abject, needy, wanting, lacking, beggared, beggarly; poor, underprivileged, disadvantaged, deprived, bereft, Inf. hard-up; impoverished, ruined, down-and-out, down at the heels, out at the elbows, Sl. busted, Sl. broke.
sort, n. 1. kind, class, category, genre, order; lot, style, manner, cast, mold, stamp, brand, kidney; grain, make, mark; color, stripe, streak, feather, vein; nature, aspect, character; group, set, suit, variety, genus, species, phylum, subgenus, subspecies, strain; race, breed, people, fold; clan, family, tribe, brood, ilk, kin, stock, stirps.
2. manner, fashion, way, method, mode; custom, pattern, style.
3. of sorts a. adequate, passable, acceptable, tolerable, admissable, Inf. not that good, not bad, not too bad, mediocre, b. of one sort or another, undistinguished, unexceptional, unnotable, modest; neutral, bland, Sl. ho-hum, Sl. blah.
4. out of sorts a. in low spirits, depressed, dejected, downcast, Inf. down, Inf. down in the dumps; unhappy, cheerless, gloomy, under a cloud; melancholy, mopey, Inf. down in the mouth, Sl. off one's feed, Sl. bummed out. b. indisposed, ill, sick, sickly, sickened, ailing, valetudinarian; in a bad way, on the sick list, Inf. under the weather, not up to snuff; unhealthy, unsound, unwell, c. irritable, testy, touchy, snappish, petulant, irascible; grumpy, cranky, grouchy, crotchety; gruff, impatient, crabby, cross, crabbed; moody, temperamental; ill-tempered, ill-humored.
5. sort of Informal, somewhat, rather, to some extent, to a certain extent, to a degree, to some degree, in some measure, more or less, Inf. kind of; fairly, reasonably, moderately, mildly; in part, partly, partially; a little, a bit, slightly.
-v. 6. classify, categorize, arrange, order, put in order, class; assort, organize, systemize, systematize, methodize; lay out, line up, align; tidy, neaten; catalogue, index, list; sort out, separate, divide, subdivide.
sortie, n. 1. sally, foray, charge, thrust, offensive, drive; raid, attack, assault, onset, onslaught; rush, dash, coming forward, issuance, coming out, onrush, outrush, outflow, efflux, effluence, outpour, outpouring.