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’
    • ‘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…’
    • ‘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 one year a little boy helps them see 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.’
    • ‘It is a pity that you cannot see the error of your ways.’
    • ‘There should be someone to supervise them, to talk to them and make them see the error of their ways.’
    • ‘But the recent pictures added to that, and there is a growing movement of people who are seeing 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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