Remorse

Re*morse"

(r?*m?rs"), n. [OE. remors, OF. remors,F. remords, LL. remorsus, fr. L. remordere, remorsum, to bite again or back, to torment; pref. re- re- + mordere to bite. See Morsel.] 1. The anguish, like gnawing pain, excited by a sense of guilt; compunction of conscience for a crime committed, or for the sins of one's past life. "Nero will be tainted with remorse." Shak.
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2. Sympathetic sorrow; pity; compassion.
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Curse on the unpardoning prince, whom tears can draw
To no remorse.
Dryden.
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But evermore it seem'd an easier thing
At once without remorse to strike her dead.
Tennyson.
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Syn. -- Compunction; regret; anguish; grief; compassion. See Compunction.
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