Definition of remorse in English:



  • [mass noun] Deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed.

    ‘they were filled with remorse and shame’
    • ‘Given the chance, as a young man, he would nap till noon without remorse or regret.’
    • ‘How on Earth can anyone be expected to show remorse, for something they say they didn't do?’
    • ‘Often beset by regret and remorse they seek, but do not always find, redemption in various forms.’
    • ‘Although filled with remorse, he does so, and they exchange their stories.’
    • ‘He has a romantic streak and, full of remorse and resentment, is deeply upset by the feud with his mother.’
    • ‘This leads to feelings of loss, guilt and remorse and sets in progress the process of mourning.’
    • ‘He is called upon to express remorse and modified anguish a couple of times, which he carries off easily.’
    • ‘Very often he is feeling guilt or shame or remorse for something he has done.’
    • ‘He turned away from her a bit, but Chantal could see he was hurt and felt instant remorse.’
    • ‘She did not even feel the slightest bit of anger or remorse as she felt her hands lift up the gun.’
    • ‘Let us not create heroes even before they show any remorse and repentance for their acts of terrorism?’
    • ‘Nathan's body slumped to the ground, his eyes filled with hate and for once a bit of remorse.’
    • ‘However, the periods of remorse do not inhibit further episodes of acting out behaviour.’
    • ‘She felt no remorse, not even the tiniest twinge of guilt for what she had just done.’
    • ‘They showed desperation, ruthlessness and remorse among other things.’
    • ‘Further, he has even not shown any remorse for what he put this person, his family and his practice through.’
    • ‘Such prisoners will probably not express contrition or remorse or sympathy for any victim.’
    • ‘These are often characterised by feelings of shame, regret, remorse and anxiety.’
    • ‘There was no remorse or guilt in any of the conspirators, only pride at doing the right thing.’
    • ‘When faced with the sight of the dead crocodile, the man was filled with tremendous remorse and burst into tears.’
    contrition, deep regret, repentance, penitence, guilt, feelings of guilt, bad conscience, guilty conscience, compunction, remorsefulness, ruefulness, contriteness, sorrow, shame, self-reproach, self-accusation, self-condemnation
    pangs of conscience
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Late Middle English: from Old French remors, from medieval Latin remorsus, from Latin remordere vex, from re- (expressing intensive force) + mordere to bite.