AskDefine | Define regret

Dictionary Definition

regret n : 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" [syn: sorrow, rue, ruefulness]


1 feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about [syn: repent, rue]
2 feel sad about the loss or absence of
3 decline formally or politely; "I regret I can't come to the party"
4 be sorry; "I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard" [also: regretting, regretted]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To feel sorry about some past thing, wishing it had not happened, but something else instead.


feel sorry about some past thing
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 后悔 (hòuhuǐ)
  • Czech: litovat
  • Danish: angre, fortryde
  • Dutch: betreuren, spijten, berouwen
  • Finnish: katua, valittaa, pahoitella, olla pahoillaan
  • French: regretter
  • German: bedauern
  • Greek: μετανιώνω
  • Hebrew: להצטער [leitstaer]
  • Hungarian: sajnál
  • Italian: rimpiangere, rammaricarsi
  • Japanese: 残念に思う (ざんねんにおもう, zannen ni omou)
  • Korean: 후회하다 (huhoehada)
  • Norwegian: beklage, angre
  • Portuguese: lamentar, sentir
  • Russian: сожалеть (sožalét’)
  • Spanish: lamentar
  • Swedish: beklaga, ångra


  1. The instance of such an emotion.

Related terms


instance of such an emotion
  • Czech: lítost
  • Dutch: spijt, berouw
  • Finnish: katumus, valittelu, pahoittelu
  • French: regret
  • German: Reue
  • Greek: λύπη
  • Italian: rammarico
  • Japanese: 後悔 (kōkai)
  • Norwegian: beklagelse, anger
  • Portuguese: pesar
  • Russian: сожаление
  • Spanish: pesar
  • Swedish: ånger

Extensive Definition

Regret or Regrets may refer to:





regret in French: Regret
regret in Japanese: リグレット

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abject apology, acknowledgment, affliction, anguish, apologies, apology, attrition, ayenbite of inwit, be sorry for, bemoan, bewail, bitterness, breast-beating, care, compunction, confession, contriteness, contrition, demur, deplore, deprecate, disappointment, disapprove, dole, dolor, excuse, feel sorry for, grief, grieve, guilt, heartache, heartbreak, lament, mea culpa, mourn, mournfulness, pangs of conscience, penitence, qualm, refusal, regretfulness, regrets, regretting, remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repent, repentance, repine, repining, rue, rue the day, ruefulness, sadness, scruple, second thoughts, self-condemnation, self-reproach, shame, shamefacedness, shamefastness, shamefulness, sorriness, sorrow, weep over, wistfulness, woe
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