remorse

[ ri-mawrs ]
/ rɪˈmɔrs /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. remonstration,
  2. remonstrative,
  3. remontant,
  4. remontoir,
  5. remora,
  6. remorseful,
  7. remorsefully,
  8. remorseless,
  9. remortgage,
  10. remote

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 formspre·re·morse, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for remorse

remorse

/ (rɪˈmɔːs) /

noun

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