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remorseful

[ri-mawrs-fuh l] /rɪˈmɔrs fəl/
adjective
1.
full of remorse.
2.
characterized by or due to remorse:
a remorseful mood.
Origin of remorseful
1585-1595
1585-95; remorse + -ful
Related forms
remorsefully, adverb
remorsefulness, noun
unremorseful, adjective
unremorsefully, adverb
unremorsefulness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. contrite, regretful, penitent.
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  • She was frightened, she was excited, she was grieved, but she was not remorseful.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • She answered him with a soft little gasp, of a remorseful sob.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Her tone was remorseful and pleading, as though she would crave forgiveness.

    Elsie's Womanhood Martha Finley
  • She left him there and flew to Mabel, whom she embraced with a remorseful hug.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • Has he committed some remorseful crime, or is his taciturnity due merely to his natural Scotchness?

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • But the Sikhs maintained a remorseful silence and declined it.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
Word Origin and History for remorseful
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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