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remorseful

[ri-mawrs-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. full of remorse.
  2. characterized by or due to remorse: a remorseful mood.
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Origin of remorseful

First recorded in 1585–95; remorse + -ful
Related formsre·morse·ful·ly, adverbre·morse·ful·ness, nounun·re·morse·ful, adjectiveun·re·morse·ful·ly, adverbun·re·morse·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1, 2. contrite, regretful, penitent.
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Examples from the Web for remorseful

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  • But the Sikhs maintained a remorseful silence and declined it.

  • Now I understood the remorseful strain I had detected in her speeches.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • She took his hand in hers, a pang of remorseful pity wrenching her heart.

  • The remorseful past and the pain-filled present engulfed him.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • His face was wrenched with pain, and his eyes full of remorseful misery.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service


Word Origin and History for remorseful

adj.

1590s, from remorse + -ful. Related: Remorsefully; remorsefulness.

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