Definition of see the error of one's ways in English:

see the error of one's ways

phrase

  • Realize or acknowledge one's wrongdoing.

    ‘he quickly sees the error of his ways and turns into a figure of saintly humility’
    • ‘But one year a little boy helps them see the error of their ways.’
    • ‘And when they do, does the ‘punishment’ they receive help them see the error of their ways?’
    • ‘However, to then book Neill for diving was outrageous and we can only hope the Sheffield official sees the error of his ways before the second leg.’
    • ‘It is a pity that you cannot see the error of your ways.’
    • ‘This failure will not be remedied by having EU politicians demand that voters see the error of their ways and ratify a constitution they have only recently rejected.’
    • ‘There should be someone to supervise them, to talk to them and make them see the error of their ways.’
    • ‘They will not come through this smelling of roses, but hopefully they will see the error of their ways and come to think of what real competence is about.’
    • ‘But the recent pictures added to that, and there is a growing movement of people who are seeing the error of their ways.’
    • ‘To conclude my digression, let me tell that my pal quickly saw the error of his ways and got a decent job in a newspaper soon after.’
    • ‘I have no idea why he aimed a gun at his older brother, but I think that doing so shocked him into seeing the error of his ways…’
    feel remorse for, regret, be sorry for, rue, reproach oneself for, be ashamed of, feel contrite about, wish that one had not done something
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