Sore Sore, a. [Compar. {Sorer}; superl. {Sorest}.] [OE. sor, sar, AS. s[=a]r; akin to D. zeer, OS. & OHG. s?r, G. sehr very, Icel. s[=a]rr, Sw. s[*a]r, Goth. sair pain. Cf. {Sorry}.] 1. Tender to the touch; susceptible of pain from pressure; inflamed; painful; -- said of the body or its parts; as, a sore hand. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Sensitive; tender; easily pained, grieved, or vexed; very susceptible of irritation. [1913 Webster]

Malice and hatred are very fretting and vexatious, and apt to make our minds sore and uneasy. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

3. Severe; afflictive; distressing; as, a sore disease; sore evil or calamity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Criminal; wrong; evil. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Sore throat} (Med.), inflammation of the throat and tonsils; pharyngitis. See {Cynanche}.

{Malignant sore throat}, {Ulcerated sore throat} or {Putrid sore throat}. See {Angina}, and under {Putrid}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.