A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.
* 1897 , ,”
, date=December 14
, author=Steven Morris
, title=Devon woman jailed for 168 days for killing kitten in microwave
, passage=Jailing her on Wednesday, magistrate Liz Clyne told Robins: “You have shown little remorse either for the death of the kitten or the trauma to your former friend Sarah Knutton.” She was also banned from keeping animals for 10 years.}}
(obsolete) Sorrow; pity; compassion.
* 1597 , , King John , act 4, sc. 3,
- Failure, disgrace, poverty, sorrow, despair, suffering, tears even, the broken words that come from lips in pain, remorse that makes one walk on thorns, conscience that condemns . . . —all these were things of which I was afraid.
- This is the bloodiest shame,
- The wildest savagery, the vilest stroke,
- That ever wall-eyed wrath or staring rage
- Presented to the tears of soft remorse .
* (regret or sadness for doing wrong) agenbite, compunction, contrition, penitence, repentance, self-reproach
* See also
(Terms derived from “remorse”)
* buyer’s remorse
* regret, sadness
To feel sorry about (a thing that has or has not happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead.
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, passage=Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days’ cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.}}
(more generally) To feel sorry about (any thing).
This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (the (-ing) form), except in set phrases with tell, say, and inform, where the to infinitive is used. See
Emotional pain on account of something done or experienced in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing.
- What man does not remember with regret the first time he read Robinson Crusoe ?
* Washington Irving
- Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for the loss of a servant.
(obsolete) Dislike; aversion.
- From its peaceful bosom [the grave] spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections.