Remorse
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; compunction of conscience for a crime committed, or for the sins of one's past life. ``Nero will be tainted with remorse.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion. [1913 Webster]

Curse on the unpardoning prince, whom tears can draw To no remorse. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

But evermore it seem'd an easier thing At once without remorse to strike her dead. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Compunction; regret; anguish; grief; compassion. See {Compunction}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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