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remorse

[ri-mawrs] /rɪˈmɔrs/
noun
1.
deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction.
2.
Obsolete. pity; compassion.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French remors < Medieval Latin remorsus, equivalent to Latin remord(ere) to bite again, vex, nag (re- re- + mordere to bite) + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > s; see mordant
Related forms
preremorse, noun
Synonyms
1. contrition. See regret.
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British Dictionary definitions for preremorse

remorse

/rɪˈmɔːs/
noun
1.
a sense of deep regret and guilt for some misdeed
2.
compunction; pity; compassion
Derived Forms
remorseful, adjective
remorsefully, adverb
remorsefulness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin remorsus a gnawing, from Latin remordēre to bite again, from re- + mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for preremorse
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 (v.)). The sense evolution was via the M.L. phrase remorsus conscientiæ (translated into M.E. as ayenbite of inwit).
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