[ ri-mawrs ]
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  1. deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.

  2. Obsolete. pity; compassion.

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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1. See regret.

Other words for remorse

Other words from remorse

  • pre·re·morse, noun

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How to use remorse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remorse


/ (rɪˈmɔːs) /

  1. a sense of deep regret and guilt for some misdeed

  2. compunction; pity; compassion

Origin of remorse

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

Derived forms of remorse

  • remorseful, adjective
  • remorsefully, adverb
  • remorsefulness, noun

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