Definition of Regret

1. Noun. Sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment. "To his rue, the error cost him the game"

Exact synonyms: Rue, Ruefulness, Sorrow
Generic synonyms: Sadness, Unhappiness
Specialized synonyms: Attrition, Contriteness, Contrition, Compunction, Remorse, Self-reproach
Derivative terms: Rue, Rueful, Sorrow

2. Verb. Feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about. "They regret to move "
Exact synonyms: Repent, Rue
Generic synonyms: Experience, Feel
Derivative terms: Repentance, Repentant, Rue

3. Verb. Feel sad about the loss or absence of.
Generic synonyms: Miss

4. Verb. Decline formally or politely. ; "I regret I can't come to the party"
Generic synonyms: Decline, Refuse

5. Verb. Express with regret. "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"
Generic synonyms: Inform
Specialized synonyms: Fear

Definition of Regret

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. 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.

Definition of Regret

1. Verb. To feel sorry about (a thing that has happened), afterthink: to wish that a thing had not happened, that something else had happened instead. ¹

2. Verb. (context: more generally) To feel sorry about (any thing). ¹

3. Noun. The instance of such an emotion. ¹

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Definition of Regret

1. to look back upon with sorrow or remorse [v -GRETTED, -GRETTING, -GRETS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Regret

regression of y on x
regression to the mean
regression toward the mean
regression tree
regressive-reconstructive approach
regressive staining
regret (current term)
regrets only

Literary usage of Regret

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"... relieved by this conversation, that she could not regret her being led on, though so unaccountably, to mention the circumstance which had produced it. ..."

2. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"In fact, the Maréchale, next morning, was filled with regret when Arnoux, her first lover, her good friend, had presented himself that very day. ..."

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