remorse


re·morse

noun \ri-ˈmrs\

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

Full Definition of REMORSE

1
:  a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs :  self-reproach
2
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

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