noun re·morse \ri-ˈmrs\

: a feeling of being sorry for doing something bad or wrong in the past : a feeling of guilt

Full Definition of REMORSE

:  a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs :  self-reproach
obsolete :  compassion

Examples of REMORSE

  1. I could forgive him for what he did if he showed some remorse.
  2. <he felt a deep remorse for having neglected his family over the years>

Origin 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

penitence, repentance, contrition, compunction, remorse mean regret for sin or wrongdoing. penitence implies sad and humble realization of and regret for one's misdeeds <absolution is dependent upon sincere penitence>. repentance adds the implication of a resolve to change <repentance accompanied by a complete change of character>. contrition stresses the sorrowful regret that constitutes true penitence <tearful expressions of contrition>. compunction implies a painful sting of conscience especially for contemplated wrongdoing <had no compunctions about taking back what is mine>. remorse suggests prolonged and insistent self-reproach and mental anguish for past wrongs and especially for those whose consequences cannot be remedied <thieves untroubled by feelings of remorse>.
REMORSE Defined for Kids


noun re·morse \ri-ˈmrs\

Definition of REMORSE for Kids

:  deep regret for doing or saying something wrong <She felt a pang of remorse after yelling.>
re·morse·ful \-fəl\ adjective
re·morse·less \-ləs\ adjective


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