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These nouns denote mental distress. Regret has the broadest range, from mere disappointment to a painful sense of dissatisfaction or self-reproach, as over something lost or done: She looked back with regret on the pain she had caused her family. He had no regrets about leaving his job.
Sorrow connotes sadness caused by misfortune, affliction, or loss; it can also imply contrition: "sorrow for his ... children, who needed his protection, and whom he could not protect" (James Baldwin).
Grief is deep, acute personal sorrow, as that arising from irreplaceable loss: "Grief fills the room up of my absent child, / Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me" (Shakespeare).
Anguish implies agonizing, excruciating mental pain: "I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement" (Abraham Lincoln).
Woe is intense, often prolonged wretchedness or misery: "the deep, unutterable woe / Which none save exiles feel" (W.E. Aytoun).
Heartbreak is overwhelming grief: "Better a little chiding than a great deal of heartbreak" (Shakespeare).
v. -gret•ted, -gret•ting,
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- Remorse is as the heart in which it grows —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Coleridge’s poem, Remorse, continues as follows: “If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews of true repentance; but if proud and gloomy, it is the poison tree, that pierces to the inmost.”
- Repentance, like the sea, is always open to the ventures —Shimoni Yalkut
- Repentance, without amendment, is like continually pumping without mending the leak —Lewis W. Dilwyn
- Repentance follows crime … as changes follow time —Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Regret is like a mountaintop from which we survey our dead life, a mountaintop on which we pause and ponder, and very often looking into the twilight we ask ourselves whether it would be well to send a letter or some token —George Moore
- The pang of regret, sharp as a sword thrust —L. P. Hartley
- Regret is like tears seeping through closed eyelids —Galway Kinnell
- (When I fall) let me fall without regret like a leaf —Wendell Berry
- Remorseless as an alarm clock —Anon
regret be sorry
You can say that you regret something or are sorry about it.
You can also say that you regret or are sorry that something has happened.
You can also say that you regret doing something.
Don't say that you 'are sorry doing' something.
When you are apologizing to someone for something that has happened, you can say that you are sorry about it.
You can also report someone's apology by saying that they are sorry about something.
Don't say that you are 'sorry for' something.
In conversation, don't apologize by saying that you 'regret' something. Regret is only used in formal letters and announcements.
When you are giving someone some bad news, you can begin by saying 'I'm sorry to tell you...'. In a formal letter, you say 'I regret to inform you...'.
Past participle: regretted
|Noun||1.||regret - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"|
|Verb||1.||regret - feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about|
|2.||regret - feel sad about the loss or absence of|
miss - feel or suffer from the lack of; "He misses his mother"
|3.||regret - decline formally or politely; "I regret I can't come to the party"|
regret - express with regret; "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"
|4.||regret - express with regret; "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"|
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
regret - decline formally or politely; "I regret I can't come to the party"
fear - be sorry; used to introduce an unpleasant statement; "I fear I won't make it to your wedding party"
be or feel sorry about be happy about, be satisfied with, rejoice over, have not looked back, feel satisfaction with
she accepted his resignation with regret → aceptó su dimisión con pena or pesar
the President expressed his regret for the deaths of civilians → el presidente expresó su pesar or dolor por las muertes de los civiles
my one or only regret is that I didn't see her before she died → lo único que siento or lamento es no haberla visto antes de que muriera
I felt no regret at giving up my work → no sentí dejar el trabajo
much to my regret; to my great regret → con gran pesar mío
I felt a pang of regret → me entraron remordimientos
I have no regrets → no me arrepiento de nada
we regret any inconvenience caused by the delay → lamentamos cualquier inconveniente que les pueda haber causado el retraso
it is to be regretted that he did not act sooner → lo lamentable es que no actuó antes
the President regrets (that) he cannot see you today → el presidente lamenta or siente no poder verle hoy
we regret to inform you that → lamentamos tener que informarle que ...
her lack of co-operation is nothing new, I regret to say → lamento decir que su falta de cooperación no es algo nuevo
we regret having to do this, but it is necessary → lamentamos or sentimos tener que hacer esto, pero es necesario
he regretted what had happened → lamentó lo ocurrido
you won't regret it! → ¡no te arrepentirás!, ¡no lo lamentarás!
he regrets saying it → se arrepiente de or lamenta haberlo dicho
he was regretting that he had asked the question → se arrepentía de or lamentaba haber hecho la pregunta
I don't regret what I did → no me arrepiento de or lamento lo que hice
to live to regret sth → arrepentirse de or lamentar algo más tarde
to have no regrets → n'avoir aucun regret, ne rien regretter
I have no regrets → Je ne regrette rien., Je n'ai aucun regret.
to have no regrets about sth → ne pas regretter qch
He said he had no regrets about retiring → Il a déclaré qu'il ne regrettait pas d'avoir pris sa retraite.
with regret → avec regret
Give me the money or you'll regret it! → Donne-moi l'argent, sinon tu vas le regretter!
to regret doing sth → regretter d'avoir fait qch
to regret (that) ... → regretter de ... + infin, regretter que ... + subj
Ellis regretted that he had asked the question → Ellis regretta d'avoir posé la question.
I regret that he was not given the correct information → Je regrette qu'on ne lui ait pas donné les bonnes informations.
we regret to inform you that ... → nous sommes au regret de vous informer que ...
much to my regret, to my great regret → con mio grande dispiacere
I have no regrets → non ho rimpianti
he is very ill, I regret to say → purtroppo è molto malato
I regret that I will be unable to attend your party (frm) → mi rincresce (di) non poter venire alla vostra festa
we regret to inform you that ... (frm) → siamo spiacenti di informarla che...
I regret that I/he cannot help → mi rincresce (di) non poter aiutare/che lui non possa aiutare