- deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
- Obsolete. pity; compassion.
Origin of remorse
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Examples from the Web for remorse
The time for remorse was when my husband was yelling to breathe!‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
Because primal violence is justified by religious belief, “the offenders have no remorse, no fear, and are extremely confident.”Why ISIS Keeps Running Circles Around Us, Just Like Al Qaeda Did Before 9/11
September 11, 2014
At the time of his extortion conviction, van der Sloot showed no remorse for the blackmail.Wedding Bells for Joran van der Sloot
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 13, 2014
Had he any remorse, he would have implicated those who conspired with him to commit the greatest Ponzi scheme in history.Why Trust What Bernie Madoff Says About JP Morgan Now?
February 21, 2014
Why should this woman want a person she cannot trust and has shown her no remorse or empathy to remain in her life?Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?
January 2, 2014
What if Remorse should assume the features of an injured friend?The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales")
A feeling of remorse came over him as he put the book on the table.Life in London
No remorse could have come to him with a step more certain or more conquering.
But you would pardon me if you knew how much I have suffered from it, and how keen my remorse has been.
But my remorse for all this was deep, and my sufferings, in consequence, were as great as yours.
- a sense of deep regret and guilt for some misdeed
- compunction; pity; compassion
Word Origin and History for remorse
late 14c., from Old French remors (Modern French remords), from Medieval Latin remorsum, noun use of neuter past participle of Latin remordere "to vex, disturb," literally "to bite back," from re- "back" (see re-) + mordere "to bite" (see mordant).
The sense evolution was via the Medieval Latin phrase remorsus conscientiæ (translated into Middle English as ayenbite of inwit). Middle English also had a verb, remord "to strike with remorse, touch with compassion, prick one's conscience."