[ ri-mawrs ]
/ rɪˈmɔrs /


deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
Obsolete. pity; compassion.

Origin of remorse

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French remors < Medieval Latin remorsus, equivalent to Latin remord(ere) to bite again, vex, nag (re- re- + mordere to bite) + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > s; see mordant

Related forms

pre·re·morse, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for remorse


/ (rɪˈmɔːs) /


a sense of deep regret and guilt for some misdeed
compunction; pity; compassion

Derived Forms

remorseful, adjectiveremorsefully, adverbremorsefulness, noun

Word Origin for remorse

C14: from Medieval Latin remorsus a gnawing, from Latin remordēre to bite again, from re- + mordēre to bite
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