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SORE, noun

1. A place in an animal body where the skin and flesh are ruptured or bruised, so as to be pained with the slightest pressure.

2. An ulcer; a boil.

3. In Scriptures, grief; affliction. 2 Chronicles 6:28.

SORE, adjective

1. Tender and susceptible of pain from pressure; as, a boil, ulcer or abscess is very sore; a wounded place is sore; inflammation renders a part sore

2. Tender, as the mind; easily pained, grieved or vexed; very susceptible of irritation from any thing that crosses the inclination. Malice and hatred are very fretting, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy.

3. Affected with inflammation; as sore eyes.

4. Violent with pain; severe; afflictive; distressing; as a sore disease; sore evil or calamity; a sore night.

5. Severe; violent; as a sore conflict.

6. Criminal; evil.

SORE, adverb

1. With painful violence; intensely; severely; grievously. They hand presseth me sore

2. Greatly; violently; deeply. He was sorely afflicted at the loss of his son. sore sigh'd the knight, who this long sermon heard.

SORE, verb transitive To wound; to make sore

SORE, noun A hawk of the first year.