Grief vs. Sorrow - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Grief

    Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, cultural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to that loss. Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. The grief associated with death is familiar to most people, but individuals grieve in connection with a variety of losses throughout their lives, such as unemployment, ill health or the end of a relationship. Loss can be categorized as either physical or abstract, the physical loss being related to something that the individual can touch or measure, such as losing a spouse through death, while other types of loss are abstract, and relate to aspects of a person’s social interactions.

Wiktionary

  • Grief (noun)

    Suffering, hardship. from early 13th c.

  • Grief (noun)

    Pain of mind arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, bereavement, misconduct of oneself or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness. from early 14th c.

    "She was worn out from so much grief."

    "The betrayal caused Jeff grief."

  • Grief (noun)

    Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.

  • Grief (verb)

    To deliberately harass and annoy or cause grief to other players of a game in order to interfere with their enjoyment of it; especially, to do this as one’s primary activity in the game. from late 20th Century

  • Sorrow (noun)

    unhappiness, woe

  • Sorrow (noun)

    An instance or cause of unhappiness.

    "Parting is such sweet sorrow."

  • Sorrow (verb)

    To feel or express grief.

  • Sorrow (verb)

    To feel grief over; to mourn, regret.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Grief (noun)

    intense sorrow, especially caused by someone's death

    "she was overcome with grief"

  • Grief (noun)

    an instance or cause of intense sorrow

    "time heals griefs and quarrels"

  • Grief (noun)

    trouble or annoyance

    "we were too tired to cause any grief"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others

    "a bereaved person needs time to work through their sorrow"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    an event or circumstance that causes sorrow

    "it was a great sorrow to her when they separated"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    the outward expression of grief; lamentation.

  • Sorrow (verb)

    feel or display deep distress

    "a woman had cried all night, sorrowing over the death of her husband"

Webster Dictionary

  • Grief (noun)

    Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness.

  • Grief (noun)

    Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afficts or distresses; trial; grievance.

  • Grief (noun)

    Physical pain, or a cause of it; malady.

  • Sorrow (noun)

    The uneasiness or pain of mind which is produced by the loss of any good, real or supposed, or by diseappointment in the expectation of good; grief at having suffered or occasioned evil; regret; unhappiness; sadness.

  • Sorrow (verb)

    To feel pain of mind in consequence of evil experienced, feared, or done; to grieve; to be sad; to be sorry.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Grief (noun)

    intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

  • Grief (noun)

    something that causes great unhappiness;

    "her death was a great grief to John"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement;

    "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    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"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    something that causes great unhappiness;

    "her death was a great grief to John"

  • Sorrow (noun)

    the state of being sad;

    "she tired of his perpetual sadness"

  • Sorrow (verb)

    feel grief; eat one's heart out

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