Synonyms & Antonyms of regret

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to feel sorry or dissatisfied about
  • we regret any inconvenience that we may have caused you

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Synonyms & Antonyms of regret (Entry 2 of 2)

a feeling of responsibility for wrongdoing
  • she was consumed with regret for belittling him in public and felt much better once she had apologized

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How is the word regret different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of regret are anguish, grief, sorrow, and woe. While all these words mean "distress of mind," regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse.

nagging regret for missed opportunities

Where would anguish be a reasonable alternative to regret?

In some situations, the words anguish and regret are roughly equivalent. However, anguish suggests torturing grief or dread.

the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child

In what contexts can grief take the place of regret?

The meanings of grief and regret largely overlap; however, grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause.

the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents

When might sorrow be a better fit than regret?

The words sorrow and regret can be used in similar contexts, but sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse.

a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death

When could woe be used to replace regret?

While in some cases nearly identical to regret, woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery.

cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city

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The first known use of regret was in the 14th century

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“Regret.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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