Simple Definition of remorse
: a feeling of being sorry for doing something bad or wrong in the past : a feeling of guilt
Examples of remorse in a sentence
I could forgive him for what he did if he showed some remorse.
<he felt a deep remorse for having neglected his family over the years>
Did You Know?
In Latin, mordere means "to bite;" thus, remorse is something that "gnaws" at you over and over. In criminal court, judges are always looking for signs that a convicted felon is suffering remorse for his crime; if not, the judge may well lengthen his sentence or deny him parole after serving part of it. Remorse is stronger than mere regret; real remorse is the kind of thing that may last a lifetime.
Origin and Etymology of remorse
Middle English, from Anglo-French remors, from Medieval Latin remorsus, from Late Latin, act of biting again, from Latin remordēre to bite again, from re- + mordēre to bite — more at mordant
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of remorse
REMORSE Defined for Kids
Definition of remorse for Students
: deep regret for doing or saying something wrong <She felt a pang of remorse after yelling.>
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