remorse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n remorse a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Remorse Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion. "Curse on the unpardoning prince, whom tears can draw
      To no remorse ."
      "But evermore it seem'd an easier thing
      At once without remorse to strike her dead."
    • Remorse 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. "Nero will be tainted with remorse ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n remorse Intense and painful regret due to a consciousness of guilt; the pain of a guilty conscience; deep regret with self-condemnation.
    • n remorse Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion.
    • n remorse Synonyms Compunction, Regret, etc. (see repentance), self-reproach, self-condemnation, anguish, stings of conscience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Remorse rē-mors′ the gnawing pain of anguish or guilt:
    • n Remorse rē-mors′ (obs.) pity, softening
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Quotations

  • Ogden Nash
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    “I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “Remorse is regret that one waited so long to do it.”
  • George Moore
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    “Remorse: beholding heaven and feeling hell.”
  • Theodore Parker
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    “Remorse is the pain of sin.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. remors (Fr. remords)—Low L. remorsus—L. remordēre, remorsum, to bite again—re-, again, mordēre, to bite.

Usage

In literature:

Every violation he had committed upon his ideality roused an endless, despairing, terrible remorse in him.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Then comes the really tragic moment with the passion of remorse.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
I felt as remorseful as if every tear he was hiding was a drop of blood.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Between them, as they sat side by side, there inserted itself suddenly the pinkly remorseful face of Freddie Rooke.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Impotent remorse possessed his days and filled his wakeful nights with anguish.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Remorse, Sam felt, should have stricken Eustace Hignett dumb.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Next day was a season of bitter sorrow, self-reproach, and remorse; but, alas!
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
A pang of fear, nay remorse, came over Agatha.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Still, half remorsefully, she looked on her old favourite, and wished that she could care for him more.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
God would be against me as well as remorse.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
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In poetry:

Go ask of the drunkard, he'll tell you the throes
Of remorse that he feels in his breast;
Of his anguish, his sorrows, his pains and his woes,
Of the grief which his soul has possest.
"Exhortation To Be Temperate" by John Pierpont
His conscience slept a day or two,
As it is very apt to do
When we with pains suppress it:
And though at times a slight remorse
Would raise a pang, it had not force
To make him yet confess it.
"The Boy And The Skylark" by Charles Lamb
Lo! beauty is sorrow, and sorrowful men
Have no heart to look on the face of the sky,
Or hear the remorseful voice of the sea,
Or the song of the wandering wind in the tree,
Or even watch a butterfly.
"A Ballad of Too Much Beauty" by Richard Le Gallienne
But the, remember, Life is short
And Woman's Arts are very long,
And sometimes when one didn't ought
One knowingly commits a wrong;
Well -- speaking for myself, of course,
I almost always feel remorse.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
The myrtle shall grow where grew the thorn;
Earth shall be young as heaven;
The heart with remorse or anger torn
Shall weep like a summer even;
For to us a child, a child is born,
Unto us a son is given!
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald
A spell to waken solemn thought,
A still, small under-tone,
That calls back days of childhood, fraught With many a treasure gone;
And smites, perchance, the hidden source,
Tho' long untroubled–of remorse.
"The Memorial Pillar" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Recent news and coverage of Without Remorse .
Maybe the remorseful source will call someone else they think will have a sympathetic ear to their plight.
Teaching Your Toddler Remorse .
Buyer's remorse over solar panels.
Buyer's remorse on solar panels.
Buyer's Remorse , Or Worse.
How To Beat Seller's Remorse .
He talks about how remorseful he is.
Buyer's Remorse : What the Heck Was I Thinking.
Remorse lacking from Lou Pearlman in court.
OBAMA BUYER'S REMORSE ON AFGHANISTAN.
When asked by the Post what he would say to victims' families, the remorseful Malvo said there's no way to properly convey an apology.
Does the recent Big 12-SEC partnership inspire some buyer's remorse at Mizzou.
Congress faces buyer's remorse on defense cuts.
Fewer buyers need remorse .
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In science:

Syntactic technicalities only detract from the main points and we shall ignore them without remorse.) However we can use the size of a proof of F (n) as a measurement of the feasibility of n.
Looking from the inside and from the outside
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