re·​morse·​ful | \ ri-ˈmȯrs-fəl How to pronounce remorseful (audio) \

Definition of remorseful

: motivated or marked by remorse

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remorsefully \ ri-​ˈmȯrs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce remorsefully (audio) \ adverb
remorsefulness noun

Examples of remorseful in a Sentence

was remorseful about all the trouble that he had caused in the family

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Murphy’s attorney sought a shorter sentence, saying his client was remorseful., "Greenfield man who tried to kill sister, brother-in-law, sent to prison," 18 June 2019 Before his client was sentenced on Tuesday, Mr. Reed’s lawyer, Rick Merrill, said Mr. Reed was remorseful. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "F.B.I., Pushing to Stop Domestic Terrorists, Grapples With Limits on Its Power," 4 June 2019 Manager Craig Counsell described the reliever as emotional and remorseful. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Josh Hader gets standing ovation just days after offensive tweets resurfaced," 23 July 2018 Miss Neelley couldn't agree more with that and will be to her very dying moment incredibly ashamed and remorseful for what happened. Kim Chandler, Fox News, "No parole for woman in Georgia teen's slaying in Alabama," 23 May 2018 The suspect was cooperative and remorseful, and taken into custody without incident for disorderly conduct, according to police. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown HS student taken into custody for online threats," 19 Jan. 2018 Authorities suggested the 32-year-old surgical technician was deeply remorseful about being in charge at the mansion when her boyfriend’s son, 6-year-old Max Shacknai, fell from the second floor into the foyer. Lyndsay Winkley,, "Well-known pathologist testifies in trial that Zahau was strangled," 12 Mar. 2018 Fanz’ attorney Kevin Mitchell tells PEOPLE that Fanz has seemed remorseful for her actions. Greg Hanlon,, "N.J. Mom Strangled Newborn Girl Minutes After Birth — Then Dumped Her Body to Be Taken Out with the Trash," 25 June 2018 But, contrary to the sister's statements, Assistant Public Defender Kim Messer said by telephone after the hearing that her client is remorseful and often weeps over what has happened. Amanda Marrazzo, McHenry County, "McHenry County man who killed dad — then told callers he was unable to come to the phone — gets 45 years," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of remorseful

1592, in the meaning defined above

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