What does remorse mean?

Definitions for remorserɪˈmɔrs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compunction, remorse, self-reproach(noun)

    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)


  1. remorse(Noun)

    A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.

  2. remorse(Noun)

    Sorrow; pity; compassion.

  3. Origin: First attested circa 14th century, from Old French remors, from Middle Latin remorsum, from Latin remordere "to torment, vex," literally "to bite back," from re- + mordere, "to bite."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Remorse(noun)

    the anguish, like gnawing pain, excited by a sense of guilt; compunction of conscience for a crime committed, or for the sins of one's past life

  2. Remorse(noun)

    sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion


  1. Remorse

    Remorse is an emotional expression of personal regret felt by a person after he or she has committed an act which they deem to be shameful, hurtful, or violent. Remorse is closely allied to guilt and self-directed resentment. When a person regrets an earlier action or failure to act, it may be because of remorse or in response to various other consequences, including being punished for the act or omission. In a legal context, the perceived remorse of an offender is assessed by Western justice systems during trials, sentencing, parole hearings, and in restorative justice. However, it has been pointed out that epistemological problems arise in assessing an offender's level of remorse. A person who is incapable of feeling remorse is often labelled with antisocial personality disorder - as characterized in the DSM IV-TR. In general, a person needs to be unable to feel fear, as well as remorse, in order to develop psychopathic traits. Legal and business professions such as insurance have done research on the expression of remorse via apologies, primarily because of the potential litigation and financial implications.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Remorse

    rē-mors′, n. the gnawing pain of anguish or guilt: (obs.) pity, softening.—v.t. Remord′ (obs.), to strike with remorse.—n. Remord′ency, compunction.—adj. Remorse′ful, full of remorse: compassionate.—adv. Remorse′fully.—n. Remorse′fulness, the state of being remorseful.—adj. Remorse′less, without remorse: cruel.—adv. Remorse′lessly.—n. Remorse′lessness. [O. Fr. remors (Fr. remords)—Low L. remorsus—L. remordēre, remorsum, to bite again—re-, again, mordēre, to bite.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. remorse

    That feeling which we all have when the thing fails to work, and the world knows it. The form that failure takes when it has made a grab and got nothing.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of remorse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of remorse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Theodore Parker:

    Remorse is the pain of sin.

  2. Rickey Jones:

    He does have a lot of remorse.

  3. Sophie Swetchine:

    Repentance is accepted remorse.

  4. William Cowper:

    Remorse, the fatal egg that pleasure laid.

  5. George Moore:

    Remorse: beholding heaven and feeling hell.

Images & Illustrations of remorse

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