Remorse definition

rĭ-môrs
Moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret.
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A deep sense of guilt or self-reproach over a wrong or blunder.
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Pity; compassion.
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Remorse is a feeling of regret or sadness.

An example of remorse is what you feel after you made a mean comment during an argument and feel badly about it afterward.

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(obsolete) Compassion.
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A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
remorse
Plural:
remorses

Origin of remorse

  • Middle English remors from Old French from Medieval Latin remorsum from neuter past participle of Latin remordēre to torment re- re- mordēre to bite mer- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested circa 14th century, from Old French remors, from Medieval Latin remorsum, from Latin remordeō (“I torment, I vex,", literally “I bite back") from re- + mordeō (“I bite").

    From Wiktionary