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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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  • She was frightened, she was excited, she was grieved, but she was not remorseful.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • But the Sikhs maintained a remorseful silence and declined it.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Her tone was remorseful and pleading, as though she would crave forgiveness.

    Elsie's Womanhood Martha Finley
  • The remorseful past and the pain-filled present engulfed him.

    Janet of the Dunes Harriet T. Comstock
  • Has he committed some remorseful crime, or is his taciturnity due merely to his natural Scotchness?

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • His face was wrenched with pain, and his eyes full of remorseful misery.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
Word Origin and History for remorseful

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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