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regret

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of regret

  1. a feeling of responsibility for wrongdoing she was consumed with regret for belittling him in public and felt much better once she had apologized Synonyms of regret contriteness, contrition, penitence, guilt, remorse, remorsefulness, repentance, rue, self-reproach, shameWords Related to regret compunction, misgiving, prick, qualm, scruple; blame, culpability, fault; liability, rap, responsibility; chagrin, embarrassment; anguish, distress, grief, ruth, sadness, sorrow; bloodguilt, bloodguiltiness; apology, excuses, hand-wringing, mea culpaAntonyms of regret impenitence, remorselessness

Synonym Discussion of regret

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse.
    • a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death
grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause.
    • the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents
anguish suggests torturing grief or dread.
    • the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child
woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery.
    • cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city
regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse.
    • nagging regret for missed opportunities

regret

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of regret

  1. to feel sorry or dissatisfied about we regret any inconvenience that we may have caused you Synonyms of regret bemoan, deplore, lament, repent, rue Words Related to regret ache (for), bewail, grieve (for), mourn, sorrow (for) Near Antonyms of regret delight (in), enjoy, relish, revel (in), savor (also savour)



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