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[ri-mawrs-fuh l] /rɪˈmɔrs fəl/
full of remorse.
characterized by or due to remorse:
a remorseful mood.
Origin of remorseful
1585-95; remorse + -ful
Related forms
remorsefully, adverb
remorsefulness, noun
unremorseful, adjective
unremorsefully, adverb
unremorsefulness, noun
1, 2. contrite, regretful, penitent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In law, a remorseful offender is not let go but is given a lower sentence.
  • He's arrogant, remorseful to an extent but mostly because he was caught.
  • Not everyone who gets caught knows enough about what they did to be remorseful.
  • It should be noted that he was extremely cooperative with authorities and remorseful throughout the process.
  • Far ahead, the engine's whistle blew, full-throated and remorseful.
  • Now he grew remorseful about his seven-week stint as a smuggler.
  • He was crying and remorseful and apologized for having lied earlier.
  • Because he was the father of three at the time, he was especially remorseful.
  • It could rebut his claim that he was remorseful and all this was out of character for him because of drugs.
  • In some cases the trial court finds that the defendant is only remorseful for getting caught and facing a prison term.
Word Origin and History for remorseful

1590s, from remorse + -ful. Related: Remorsefully; remorsefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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