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Definitions for remorseful
rɪˈmɔrs fəlre·morse·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrite, remorseful, rueful, ruthfuladjective

    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses


  1. remorsefuladjective

    Feeling or filled with remorse.

    He was so remorseful that he voluntarily paid full restitution.

  2. remorsefuladjective

    Expressing or caused by remorse.

    There was a remorseful look on her face.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Remorsefuladjective

    Tender; compassionate.

    Etymology: remorse and full.

    O Eglamour, think not I flatter,
    Valiant and wise, remorseful, well accomplish’d. William Shakespeare.

    Love, that comes too late,
    Like a remorseful pardon slowly carried,
    To the great sender turns a sowre offence. William Shakespeare.

    The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day
    Is crept into the bosom of the sea. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.


  1. remorseful

    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.


  1. remorseful

    Remorseful refers to a deep feeling of regret or guilt for a wrong committed, often accompanied by a desire to make amends or seek forgiveness. It describes the state of being sorry for one's actions or behaviours that have caused harm or discomfort to others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Remorsefuladjective

    full of remorse

  2. Remorsefuladjective

    compassionate; feeling tenderly

  3. Remorsefuladjective

    exciting pity; pitiable

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of remorseful in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of remorseful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of remorseful in a Sentence

  1. Robin Smyth:

    I knew that my behavior was wrong when I committed it, and am truly remorseful for the harms I committed.

  2. Paul Shepherd:

    He is very remorseful. He wrote a letter dedicated to all the passengers on the plane and victims of crime and apologizes for his behavior, this was totally out of character. He is appalled by his own behavior.

  3. Scott Brown:

    Just because he hasn't come out and given a public statement to y'all doesn't mean he's not remorseful.

  4. David Hill:

    I am remorseful about the whole situation, i'm deeply saddened. And I came to this feeling through the rehabilitation programs at the prison. They've helped me understand.

  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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