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Meaning of REGRET

Pronunciation:  ri'gret

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"
  2. [v]  regret strongly
  3. [v]  be sorry; "I regret to say..."
  4. [v]  decline formally or politely; "I regret I can't come to the party"
  5. [v]  feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about
  6. [v]  feel sad about the loss or absence of

REGRET is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: bemoan, bewail, deplore, lament, repent, rue, ruefulness, sorrow
 See Also: attrition, complain, compunction, contriteness, contrition, decline, experience, fear, feel, inform, kick, kvetch, miss, plain, quetch, refuse, remorse, sadness, self-reproach, sound off, unhappiness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*gret"\ (r?*gr?t"), n. [F., fr. regretter. See
    {Regret}, v.]
    1. Pain of mind on account of something done or experienced
       in the past, with a wish that it had been different; a
       looking back with dissatisfaction or with longing; grief;
       sorrow; especially, a mourning on account of the loss of
       some joy, advantage, or satisfaction. ``A passionate
       regret at sin.'' --Dr. H. More.
             What man does not remember with regret the first
             time he read Robinson Crusoe?         --Macaulay.
             Never any prince expressed a more lively regret for
             the loss of a servant. --Clarendon.
             From its peaceful bosom [the grave] spring none but
             fond regrets and tender recollections. --W. Irving.
    2. Dislike; aversion. [Obs.] --Dr. H. More.
    Syn: Grief; concern; sorrow; lamentation; repentance;
         penitence; self-condemnation.
    Usage: {Regret}, {Remorse}, {Compunction}, {Contrition},
           {Repentance}. Regret does not carry with it the energy
           of remorse, the sting of compunction, the sacredness
           of contrition, or the practical character of
           repentance. We even apply the term regret to
           circumstance over which we have had no control, as the
           absence of friends or their loss. When connected with
           ourselves, it relates rather to unwise acts than to
           wrong or sinful ones. --C. J. Smith.
  2. \Re*gret"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Regretted} (-t[e^]d); p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Regretting}.] [F. regretter, OF. regreter; L.
    pref. re- re- + a word of Teutonic origin; cf. Goth.
    gr[=e]tan to weep, Icel. gr[=a]ta. See {Greet} to lament.]
    To experience regret on account of; to lose or miss with a
    sense of regret; to feel sorrow or dissatisfaction on account
    of (the happening or the loss of something); as, to regret an
    error; to regret lost opportunities or friends.
          Calmly he looked on either life, and here Saw nothing
          to regret, or there to fear.             --Pope.
          In a few hours they [the Israelites] began to regret
          their slavery, and to murmur against their leader.
          Recruits who regretted the plow from which they had
          been violently taken.                    --Macaulay.