One entry found for remorse
Main Entry: re·morse
Etymology: Middle English remorse
"a deep regret for having done wrong," from early French remors
(same meaning), derived from Latin remorsus,
past participle of remordre
"to bite again," from mordre
"to bite" --related to MORSEL
a deep regret coming from a sense of guilt for past wrongs : SELF-REPROACHWord History
The Latin verb remordre
literally meant "to bite again." The Romans, however, usually used it with the meaning "to torment," because being tormented was like getting bitten again and again. The past participle of this verb is remorsus,
which in early French was used to form the noun remors.
This noun was used to refer to the deep regret that torments one for having done something wrong. In the 15th century, this French word was taken into English as remorse
with the same meaning.