What does remorse mean?

Definitions for remorse
rɪˈmɔrsre·morse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compunction, remorse, self-reproachnoun

    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

Wiktionary

  1. remorsenoun

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

  2. remorsenoun

    Sorrow; pity; compassion.

  3. 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."

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REMORSEnoun

    Etymology: remorsus, Lat.

    Not that he believed they could be restrained from that impious act by any remorse of conscience, or that they had not wickedness enough to design and execute it. Edward Hyde.

    Many little esteem of their own lives, yet, for remorse of their wives and children, would be withheld. Edmund Spenser.

    Shylock, thou lead’st this fashion of thy malice
    To the last hour of act; and then ’tis thought,
    Thou’lt shew thy mercy and remorse more strange,
    Than is thy strange apparent cruelty. William Shakespeare, Mer. of Ven.

    The rogues slighted me into the river, with as little remorse as they would have drowned a bitch’s blind puppies. William Shakespeare.

    Curse on th’ unpard’ning prince, whom tears can draw
    To no remorse; who rules by lion’s law. Dryden.

Wikipedia

  1. Remorse

    Remorse is a distressing emotion experienced by an individual who regrets actions which they have done in the past that they deem to be shameful, hurtful, or wrong. 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. People may express remorse through apologies, trying to repair the damage they've caused, or self-imposed punishments. 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, there are epistemological problems with assessing an offender's level of remorse.A person who is incapable of feeling remorse is often diagnosed 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.

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

Freebase

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. remorsenoun

    An overwhelming feeling of guilt, regret, disappointment, frustration in oneself for something you have done; often something that can't be changed.

    I have never felt such an overwhelming sense of remorse for what I did.


    Submitted by Soulwriter on July 7, 2021  

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Numerology

  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. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The memory of the dead is indeed a good remorse.

  2. Paul OShaughnessy:

    He had a knife, it was covered in blood. He kept saying something in Arabic, he was clearly under the influence of something, my brother Luke managed to keep him pinned down until the police arrived. My brother put a crate and a chair to keep him pinned down. He didnt show any remorse at all.

  3. Clifford Villanueva Villalon:

    The world of politics is like the four seasons of warmth, hatred, reconciliation and remorse. The fifth season is recycling.

  4. Oskar Groening:

    In moral terms, my actions make me guilty, i stand before the victims with remorse and humility.

  5. Mark Werksman:

    He is extremely remorseful and has admitted the juvenile petition in order to demonstrate his remorse and his willingness to accept the consequences of his actions.

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