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Synonyms for regret

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sorrow, regret, rue, ruefulness(verb)

    sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

    ruefulness, grief, rue, sorrow, sorrowfulness, herb of grace, sadness

  2. repent, regret, rue(verb)

    feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

    atone, repent, rue

  3. regret(verb)

    feel sad about the loss or absence of

    repent, rue

  4. regret(verb)

    decline formally or politely

    "I regret I can't come to the party"

    repent, rue

  5. regret(verb)

    express with regret

    "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"

    repent, rue

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. regret

    Grief is acute mental pain resulting from loss, misfortune, or deep disappointment. Grief is more acute and less enduring than sorrow. Sorrow and grief are for definite cause; sadness and melancholy may arise from a vague sense of want or loss, from a low state of health, or other ill-defined cause; sadness may be momentary; melancholy is more enduring, and may become chronic. Affliction expresses a deep heart-sorrow and is applied also to the misfortune producing such sorrow; mourning most frequently denotes sorrow publicly expressed, or the public expression of such sorrow as may reasonably be expected; as, it is common to observe thirty days of mourning on the death of an officer of state.

    See synonyms for HAPPINESS.

    affliction, distress, grief, melancholy, mourning, sadness, sorrow, tribulation, trouble, wo

    Grief at a loss; for a friend.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. regret(v)

    grieve, lament, repent, miss, desiderate, deplore

    welcome, hail, approve, abandon, abjure, forget, disregard

  2. regret(n)

    sorrow, grief, concern, remorse, lamentation, repentance

Editors Contribution

  1. entschuldigen

    a new approach to what was hastily handled, more inline to the actuality.

    an attitudinal difference from her reaction after considering the nuisances

    Submitted by greenwriter60 on March 30, 2019  
  2. kick oneself

    Submitted by anonymous on December 22, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. regret(n.)

    grief, sorrow

  2. regret(n.)

    penitence, compunction, remorse, repentance, contrition

  3. regret(v. a.)

    lament, grieve at, be sorry for

  4. regret(v. a.)

    repent, repent of

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. regret(n)

    sorrow, compunction, deprecation, rue

  2. regret(v)

    deplore, be sorry for, rue, deprecate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "regret":

    deplore, spite, regrets, regrettable, sorrow, pity, sadness, lament, disappointment, regretful, remorse, regretting

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How to use regret in a sentence?

  1. Kim You-geun:

    We express deep regret that senior Japanese officials have been recently making irresponsible comments without presenting a clear basis for them, suggesting our government was violating export controls and not enforcing sanctions, to halt unnecessary disputes and to determine factual basis of the Japanese government's claims, we suggest a panel of U.N. Security Council experts or an appropriate international organization to conduct a fair investigation into any cases of four major export control violations by South Korea and Japan.

  2. Raul Bocanegra:

    It was a moment that I truly regret, that I am very sorry for, and for which I have accepted responsibility for my actions, these news reports have since fueled persistent rumors and speculation, and I do not believe that this is in the best interest of my constituents to continue to serve next term.

  3. Patrick Neary:

    It must have been a package of things that were delivered, I really don't know much about it other than when it was unearthed and I became aware of them, it was discontinued, i regret that. It was a mistake.

  4. Khac Ngoc:

    I regret that the negative reviews of AirVisual have affected and hindered the operation of the app in Vietnam.

  5. Kimberly Pappas:

    The pain and the grief and regret that I have about this really can't be put into words. It's going to be with me for the rest of my life.

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