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  1. remorsenoun

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

    Etymology: 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."

  2. remorsenoun

    Sorrow; pity; compassion.

    Etymology: 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."

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compunction, remorse, self-reproachnoun

    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Remorsenoun

    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. Remorsenoun

    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.

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  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

Examples of remorse in a Sentence

  1. Zeke Smith:

    I forgave him that night when I hugged him, i believe people who express sincere remorse -- as he has -- should be embraced because that's how we encourage people to change.

  2. Emeasoba George:

    It takes only lack of integrity to lie through one's/your teeth i.e. it takes only lack of integrity to lie boldly and without any remorse. Thus, never lack integrity and never compromise it.

  3. Bernard Madoff:

    I live with that. I live with the remorse, the pain I caused everybody, certainly my family, and the victims.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The memory of the dead is indeed a good remorse.

  5. Erik Pevernagie:

    The more we are attentive and mindful, the more we can understand and show empathy. We need not, so therefore, bother about regret and remorse, later on. . ( “Island of regret. Island of remorse” )

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. urban
    • B. obnoxious
    • C. profound
    • D. opaque

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