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

Definition of remorseful

: motivated or marked by remorse

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Other Words from remorseful

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
Recent Examples on the Web To think that 27,722 women, with earnest intentions and courage, had used their precious time to apply makes me feel extremely remorseful to conclude and inform everyone with this selfish decision of mine. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Calls Off TV Search for Moon Trip ‘Life Partner’," 30 Jan. 2020 Garrett was remorseful after the incident, which will go a long way towards getting back in the league. cleveland, "Roger Goodell to meet with Myles Garrett within the next 60 days about reinstatement from indefinite ban," 29 Jan. 2020 The two panelists faced strong backlash for depicting the president's supporters as uneducated after the segment went viral on Monday night, but neither appeared remorseful for the clip. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Fake victimhood': CNN panelists dismiss backlash over segment mocking Trump supporters," 28 Jan. 2020 Villains include an over-the-top Rafe Spall as an intractable district attorney and a more nuanced (if still showy) Tim Blake Nelson as the remorseful inmate whose false testimony led to McMillan’s arrest. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Strength of Just Mercy Is Also Its Weakness," 10 Jan. 2020 Jessica Biel was reportedly a major influence behind her husband Justin Timberlake’s remorseful public apology regarding brow-raising leaked photos of him and his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright last month. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jessica Biel Reportedly “Encouraged” Justin Timberlake's Photo Scandal Apology," 11 Dec. 2019 Bucklew’s attorneys, Cheryl Pilate and Jeremy Weis, said in a statement that Bucklew was remorseful for his crimes. Fox News, "Missouri executes killer despite concerns his rare medical condition could cause gruesome death," 2 Oct. 2019 Pilate and another attorney for Bucklew, Jeremy Weis, said in a statement that Bucklew was remorseful for his crimes. CBS News, "Missouri executes Russell Bucklew despite concerns over rare medical condition," 1 Oct. 2019 Pilate and another attorney for Bucklew, Jeremy Weis, said in a statement that Bucklew was remorseful for his crimes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missouri executes killer despite concern about painful death," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of remorseful

1592, in the meaning defined above

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8 Feb 2020

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“Remorseful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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