A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.

Failure, disgrace, poverty, sorrow, despair, suffering, tears even, the broken words that come from lips in pain, remorse that makes one walk on thorns, conscience that condemns . . . —all these were things of which I was afraid.

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  • Remorse — Re*morse (r?*m?rs ), n. [OE. remors, OF. remors,F. remords, LL. remorsus, fr. L. remordere, remorsum, to bite again or back, to torment; pref. re re + mordere to bite. See {Morsel}.] 1. The anguish, like gnawing pain, excited by a sense of guilt; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • remorse — [ri môrs′] n. [ME remors < OFr < LL remorsus < L, pp. of remordere < re , again + mordere, to bite: see MORDANT] 1. a deep, torturing sense of guilt felt over a wrong that one has done; self reproach 2. pity; compassion: now only in… …   English World dictionary

  • remorse — noun anguish, chagrin, compunction, concern, conscience, conscientia mala, contriteness, contrition, disquiet, feelings of guilt, grief, pangs of conscience, penitence, regret, regretfulness, remorsefulness, repentance, rue, self accusation, self …   Law dictionary

  • remorse — late 14c., from O.Fr. remors (Fr. remords), from M.L. remorsum, from neut. pp. of L. remordere to vex, disturb, lit. to bite back, from re again + mordere to bite (see SMART (Cf. smart) (v.)). The sense evolution was via the M.L. phrase remorsus… …   Etymology dictionary

  • remorse — *penitence, repentance, contrition, attrition, compunction Analogous words: regret, *sorrow, grief: *qualm, scruple, compunction, demur …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • remorse — [n] guilty or bad conscience anguish, attrition, compassion, compunction, contriteness, contrition, grief, guilt, pangs of conscience*, penance, penitence, penitency, pity, regret, remorsefulness, repentance, rue, ruefulness, self reproach, shame …   New thesaurus

  • remorse — ► NOUN ▪ deep regret or guilt for a wrong committed. ORIGIN Latin remorsus, from mordere to bite …   English terms dictionary

  • Remorse — This article is about the emotion. For the episode of the TV series House, see Remorse (House). Remorse is an emotional expression of personal regret felt by a person after he or she has committed an act which they deem to be shameful, hurtful,… …   Wikipedia

  • remorse — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, genuine, great, real … OF REMORSE ▪ pang, stab VERB + REMORSE ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • remorse — n. 1) to display, show remorse 2) to express; feel remorse 3) bitter, deep, profound remorse 4) a feeling; twinge of remorse 5) remorse for, over (he displayed no remorse for his crimes) * * * [rɪ mɔːs] deep feel remorse profound remorse show… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • remorse — re|morse [rıˈmo:s US o:rs] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: remors, from Latin remordere to bite again ] a strong feeling of being sorry that you have done something very bad →↑regret ▪ Throughout the trial, he had shown no remorse …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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