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Feeling or showing regret:‘he sounded regretful but pointed out that he had committed himself’
sorry, remorseful, contrite, repentant, rueful, penitent, conscience-stricken, apologetic, abject, guilty, guilt-ridden, ashamed, shamefaced, sheepish, in sackcloth and ashes, afraidsad, unhappy, sorrowful, dejected, depressed, downcast, miserable, downhearted, down, despondent, despairing, disconsolate, out of sorts, desolate, wretched, glum, gloomy, dismal, blue, melancholy, melancholic, low-spirited, mournful, woeful, woebegone, doleful, forlorn, crestfallenView synonyms
- ‘His eyes cast themselves to the floor, and his attempt at a smile followed; he looked almost regretful.’
- ‘She slipped out the door, relieved that she was able to sneak out, vacating the room, before anything regretful was said or done.’
- ‘‘He apologised and was really regretful even though he was not involved in the actual attack,’ he said.’
- ‘But it is utterly regretful that no one could understand the reality.’
- ‘I'm thankful for what it's given me, and regretful for what it's taken.’
- ‘He walked out with somewhat a regretful smile on his face, his eyes lost in the past; he nearly walked into the closed door!’
- ‘Her smile was slightly sad and regretful, almost pitying as she continued speaking.’
- ‘He said everyone present was deeply regretful about the situation and had really wanted to see the radiotherapy unit become a reality.’
- ‘Bragg sometimes seems vaguely regretful about the fact that he is not thought of, primarily, as a writer.’
- ‘I give it a regretful look, hoping it won't be my last and turn to head back inside.’
- ‘This is truly regretful and I offer my candid apologies.’
- ‘Don't get me wrong: I'm not overly traumatized - just occasionally regretful.’
- ‘Kent the narrator is wise to the flaws of his younger self, if not exactly regretful.’
- ‘At the same time, I breathe a regretful sigh at the anguish, the desperation and the rage reflected in the letters I hold in my hand.’
- ‘Jason kneeled near the dog, and gave a regretful smile.’
- ‘In one case, a tiny, angry-looking boy is judged sufficiently regretful to return to the school where he threatened a bodyguard.’
- ‘However, there is no doubt in my mind that the two officers were genuinely regretful that they were not requested to stop traffic.’
- ‘I am deeply regretful about this mistake of others - no, I will not say sorry.’
- ‘I sat there in quiet, feeling regretful for anything contemptible I ever thought about the many sitting in front of me.’
- ‘Overall, there was something in his eyes she had noticed: sadness, a deep, regretful sadness.’
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