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Full of regret; sorrowful or sorry.

re·gret′ful·ly adv.
re·gret′ful·ness n.


(rɪˈgrɛt fəl)

full of regret; sorrowful because of what is lost, gone, or done.
re•gret′ful•ly, adv.
re•gret′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.regretful - feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undoneregretful - feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone; "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made"; "he felt bad about breaking the vase"
penitent, repentant - feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
unregretful, unregretting - feeling no regret; "was completely unregretful about what had happened"


adjective sorry, disappointed, sad, ashamed, apologetic, mournful, rueful, contrite, sorrowful, repentant, remorseful, penitent He gave a regretful smile.
Usage: Regretful and regretfully are sometimes wrongly used where regrettable and regrettably are meant. A simple way of making the distinction is that when you regret something YOU have done, you are regretful: he gave a regretful smile; he smiled regretfully. In contrast, when you are sorry about an occurrence you did not yourself cause, you view the occurrence as regrettable: this is a regrettable (not regretful) mistake; regrettably (not regretfully, i.e. because of circumstances beyond my control) I shall be unable to attend.


1. Expressing or inclined to express an apology:
2. Feeling or expressing regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
نادِم، آسِفٌ على
fuld af beklagelse
hryggur; fullur eftirsjár


[rɪˈgretfʊl] ADJarrepentido, pesaroso
to be regretful thatlamentar que + subjun
he was most regretful about itlo lamentó profundamente
we are not regretful about leavingno nos pesa tener que partir


adj look, attitudebedauernd attr; he was extremely regretful (about it)es tat ihm sehr leid, er bedauerte es sehr; it is regretful that …es ist bedauerlich, dass …


[rɪˈgrɛtfʊl] adj (person) → spiacente, dispiaciuto/a; (look) → dispiaciuto/a


(rəˈgret) past tense, past participle reˈgretted verb
to be sorry about. I regret my foolish behaviour; I regret that I missed the concert; I regret missing the concert; I regret to inform you that your application for the job was unsuccessful.
a feeling of sorrow, or of having done something wrong. I have no regrets / I feel no regret about what I did; It was with deep regret that I heard the news of his death.
reˈgretful adjective
feeling regret.
reˈgretfully adverb
with regret. Regretfully, we have had to turn down your offer.
reˈgrettable adjective
a regrettable mistake.
reˈgrettably adverb

regrettable is spelt with two ts.
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