- deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
- Obsolete. pity; compassion.
Origin of remorse
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Examples from the Web for remorses
Secondly, Upon the feeling any remorses for a crime, of which he has been guilty.A Treatise of Human Nature
Her remorses gained strength in proportion as she cherished them.Ormond, Volume III (of 3)
Charles Brockden Brown
Phantoms, remorses and hells—they have all had their argument.Bohemian Days
Geo. Alfred Townsend
There were some tears in his eyes compounded of brandy and nerves and affections and remorses as he hurried into the street.Young Mr. Barter's Repentance
David Christie Murray
And could have his remorses upon it,—were these of the least use in present circumstances.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XII. (of XXI.)
- a sense of deep regret and guilt for some misdeed
- compunction; pity; compassion
Word Origin and History for remorses
late 14c., from Old French remors (Modern French remords), from Medieval Latin remorsum, noun use of neuter past participle of Latin remordere "to vex, disturb," literally "to bite back," from re- "back" (see re-) + mordere "to bite" (see mordant).
The sense evolution was via the Medieval Latin phrase remorsus conscientiæ (translated into Middle English as ayenbite of inwit). Middle English also had a verb, remord "to strike with remorse, touch with compassion, prick one's conscience."