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Synonyms for remorse

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  1. remorsenoun

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

    self-reproach, contrition, compunction, penitence, agenbite, repentance

  2. remorsenoun

    Sorrow; pity; compassion.

    agenbite, contrition, penitence, repentance, compunction, self-reproach

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. remorse

    Regret is sorrow for any painful or annoying matter. One is moved with penitence for wrong-doing. To speak of regret for a fault of our own marks it as slighter than one regarding which we should express penitence. Repentance is sorrow for sin with self-condemnation, and complete turning from the sin. Penitence is transient, and may involve no change of character or conduct. There may be sorrow without repentance, as for consequences only, but not repentance without sorrow. Compunction is a momentary sting of conscience, in view either of a past or of a contemplated act. Contrition is a subduing sorrow for sin, as against the divine holiness and love. Remorse is, as its derivation indicates, a biting or gnawing back of guilt upon the heart, with no turning of heart from the sin, and no suggestion of divine forgiveness.

    compunction, contriteness, contrition, penitence, regret, repentance, self-condemnation, sorrow

    approval, comfort, complacency, content, hardness, impenitence, obduracy, obstinacy, self-approval, self-complacency, self-congratulation, stubbornness

    Repentance of or in heart, or from the heart; repentance for sins; before or toward God; unto life.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. remorse

    compunction, anguish, self-condemnation, penitence, sting of conscience

    complacency, self-approval, self-congratulation

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compunction, remorse, self-reproachnoun

    a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

    self-reproof, self-reproach, compunction

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  1. remorsenoun

    self-reproach, sorrow, regret, penitence, pity, compassion, sympathy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "remorse":

    guilt, repentance, compunction, regret, contrition

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  1. John Douglas:

    There was no remorse when I interviewed him, his only disappointment was that he didn’t kill more people. He felt accomplished in life by killing people… He felt it was important to carry the torch, to carry out this act of hatred… Deep down, he hoped to create a race war for others to carry the torch for him. He admired Charles Manson, whom I interviewed because he felt it was remarkable that Manson could get other people to carry out his dirty work to launch a race war.

  2. Rusty Hardin:

    A father believed he had the right to discipline his children. He made a mistake. In unintended consequences, his son was hurt, He pled to a court and accepted punishment and wanted to resume his career, and now the NFL has decided they’re going to be the arbiter of what’s appropriate discipline for a child and whether a person is or is not feeling significant remorse.

  3. Bernard Madoff:

    I live with that. I live with the remorse, the pain I caused everybody, certainly my family, and the victims.

  4. Cindy Schild:

    The company shares the nation's deep remorse for the shameful institution of slavery and racial discrimination that has occurred in the country, cSX opposes any form of discrimination and is committed to raising awareness regarding racial disparities.

  5. Yoko Shida:

    I think everyone can see that his remorse isn’t apparent. It didn’t really look like an apology at all. this would normally warrant a resignation.

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