do something more in sorrow than in anger

more in sorrow than in anger

Primarily motivated by sadness, even though appearing angry. Oh, I'm sure she said that more in sorrow than in anger—she's still reeling from her husband's death, after all.
See also: anger, more, sorrow
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do something more in ˌsorrow than in ˈanger

do something because you feel sad or sorry rather than angry: They said they were threatening legal action more in sorrow than in anger.
See also: anger, more, something, sorrow
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