Definition of remorse in English:



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

    ‘they were filled with remorse and shame’
    • ‘Further, he has even not shown any remorse for what he put this person, his family and his practice through.’
    • ‘She did not even feel the slightest bit of anger or remorse as she felt her hands lift up the gun.’
    • ‘Although filled with remorse, he does so, and they exchange their stories.’
    • ‘She felt no remorse, not even the tiniest twinge of guilt for what she had just done.’
    • ‘These are often characterised by feelings of shame, regret, remorse and anxiety.’
    • ‘Very often he is feeling guilt or shame or remorse for something he has done.’
    • ‘Such prisoners will probably not express contrition or remorse or sympathy for any victim.’
    • ‘Given the chance, as a young man, he would nap till noon without remorse or regret.’
    • ‘They showed desperation, ruthlessness and remorse among other things.’
    • ‘Let us not create heroes even before they show any remorse and repentance for their acts of terrorism?’
    • ‘However, the periods of remorse do not inhibit further episodes of acting out behaviour.’
    • ‘He turned away from her a bit, but Chantal could see he was hurt and felt instant remorse.’
    • ‘He has a romantic streak and, full of remorse and resentment, is deeply upset by the feud with his mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was no remorse or guilt in any of the conspirators, only pride at doing the right thing.’
    • ‘He is called upon to express remorse and modified anguish a couple of times, which he carries off easily.’
    • ‘When faced with the sight of the dead crocodile, the man was filled with tremendous remorse and burst into tears.’
    • ‘This leads to feelings of loss, guilt and remorse and sets in progress the process of mourning.’
    • ‘Nathan's body slumped to the ground, his eyes filled with hate and for once a bit of remorse.’
    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
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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’.