remorse

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noun re·morse \ri-ˈmȯrs\

Definition of remorse

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

  2. 2 obsolete :  compassion

Examples of remorse in a sentence

  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>

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

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 English Language Learners

remorse

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noun re·morse \ri-ˈmȯrs\

Definition of remorse for English Language Learners

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


REMORSE Defined for Kids

remorse

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noun re·morse \ri-ˈmȯrs\

Definition of remorse for Students

  1. :  deep regret for doing or saying something wrong <She felt a pang of remorse after yelling.>

remorseful

\-fəl\ adjective

remorseless

\-ləs\ adjective


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