“Cry” vs. “Sob”: What’s the Difference?

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The difference between “cry” and “sob”

  • Crying is the act of shedding tears, while sobbing often involves much more intense physical convulsions and an audible sound.
  • Crying can be the result of a range of emotions, while sobbing is usually associated with extreme sadness or anguish.
  • Crying can be controlled more easily, while sobbing is often more difficult to stop once it has started.
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What is the definition of “cry” and “sob”?

  • To shed tears as an expression of emotion or pain.
  • Can be a silent or loud act and can be caused by a range of emotions.
  • Often involves the eyes becoming watery and the face contorting in a display of sorrow, anger, or relief.
  • To cry with a convulsive catching of breath.
  • Generally associated with extreme emotion, often accompanied by physical heaving of the chest and body.
  • Normally more intense than crying and can be difficult to control.

Which is the more popular variant on the Internet?

“Cry” is the more popular variant on the web.
More popular
473,000,000 results on the web
  1. One of my favorite characters in the book made me cry when they died.
  2. I was laughing so much that I started tearing up and crying.
  3. The baby was crying in the middle of the night.
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  1. She couldn't help but sob when she read the final chapter of her favorite book.
  2. After his breakup, he would often find himself sobbing alone in his room.
  3. She couldn't contain her grief and started to sob uncontrollably.
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