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    Smile remorse vs. contrition

    remorse noun [U] FORMAL
    a strong feeling of guilt and regret about something you have done:
    Hi! What's the difference between 'remorse' and 'contrition'? Can I replace remorse with contrition in the sentences as below? If not, why?

    eg1 He felt no remorse for the murders he had committed.
    eg2 After the argument, she was filled with remorse.

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    Re: remorse vs. contrition

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! What's the difference between 'remorse' and 'contrition'? Can I replace remorse with contrition in the sentences as below? If not, why?

    eg1 He felt no remorse for the murders he had committed.
    eg2 After the argument, she was filled with remorse.
    Hi,
    They basically mean the same -- that you're sorry for what you've done, and you really feel bad about it.
    Contrition is often used in a religious sense, where your priest might give you Acts of Contrition to perform for some sin you've done.
    Remorse is often used in legal settings. Usually you hear "the prisoner showed no remorse", not "the prisoner showed no contrition"
    But that's probably out of habit, since they mean the same.

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    Smile Re: remorse vs. contrition

    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you for your help.

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