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.”
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.
From its peaceful bosom [the grave] spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections. --W. Irving.
2. Dislike; aversion. [Obs.]
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.
Re·gret, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Regretted p. pr. & vb. n. Regretting.] 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. --Macaulay.
Recruits who regretted the plow from which they had been violently taken. --Macaulay.
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]
v 1: feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about [syn: repent,
2: feel sad about the loss or absence of
3: decline formally or politely; "I regret I can't come to the
4: be sorry; "I regret to say that you did not gain admission
[also: regretting, regretted]