remorse

[ ri-mawrs ]
/ rɪˈmɔrs /

noun

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

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Origin of remorse

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English from Middle French remors from Medieval Latin remorsus, past participle of Latin remordēre, “to bite back, vex, nag,” equivalent to Latin re- re- + mordēre “to bite” (see mordant)

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synonym study for remorse

1. See regret.

OTHER WORDS FROM remorse

pre·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 forms of remorse

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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