KJV Dictionary Definition: sore


SORE, n.

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 Chron. 6.

SORE, a.

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, adv.

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, v.t. To wound; to make sore.

SORE, n. A hawk of the first year.


SO'RELY, adv. from sore.

1. With violent pain and distress; grievously; greatly; as, to be sorely pained or afflicted.

2. Greatly; violently; severely; as, to be sorely pressed with want; to be sorely wounded.


SO'RENESS, n. from sore.

1. The tenderness of any part of an animal body, which renders it extremely susceptible of pain from pressure; as the soreness of a boil, an abscess or wound.

2. Figuratively, tenderness of mind, or susceptibility of mental pain.