Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret. See Synonyms at penitence.
  • n. Obsolete Compassion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A feeling of regret or sadness for doing wrong or sinning.
  • n. Sorrow; pity; compassion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The anguish, like gnawing pain, excited by a sense of guilt; compunction of conscience for a crime committed, or for the sins of one's past life.
  • n. Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Intense and painful regret due to a consciousness of guilt; the pain of a guilty conscience; deep regret with self-condemnation.
  • n. Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion.
  • n. Synonyms Compunction, Regret, etc. (see repentance), self-reproach, self-condemnation, anguish, stings of conscience.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

Etymologies

Middle English remors, from Old French, from Medieval Latin remorsum, from neuter past participle of Latin remordēre, to torment : re-, re- + mordēre, to bite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested circa 14th century, from Old French remors, from Medieval Latin remorsum, from Latin remordeō ("I torment, I vex,", literally "I bite back") from re- + mordeō ("I bite"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I accept that your remorse is genuine, the judge said.

    January 21, 2014

  • a code for morse, perhaps dah di dah di dah dah di dah

    June 19, 2011

  • Remorse is such a graceful, beautiful word yet it describes something so vicious and biting.

    June 19, 2011