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Expression of sorrow, regret, or grief

Common clues: Woe is me!; Word of woe; “Sad to say...”; Word of regret; “Too bad!”; Regrettably; [sigh]; Cry of dismay; Despondent comment; "Ah, me!"; "Oh, dear!"

Crossword puzzle frequency: 15 times a year

Frequency in English language: 9451 / 86800

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Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver.

- Sophocles (497–406/5 B.C.)

Regret is an intelligent (and/or emotional) dislike for personal past acts and behaviors. Regret is often felt when someone feels sadness, shame, or guilt after committing an action or actions that the person later wishes that he or she had not done. Regret is distinct from guilt, which is a deeply emotional form of regret — one which may be difficult to comprehend in an objective or conceptual way. In this regard, the concept of regret is subordinate to guilt in terms of its "emotional power." By comparison, shame typically refers to the social (rather than personal) aspect of guilt or (in minor context) regret as imposed by the society or culture (enforcement of ethics, morality), which has substantial bearing in matters of (personal and social) honor.

Regret can describe not only the dislike for an action that has been committed, but also, importantly, regret of inaction. Many people find themselves wishing that they had done something in a past situation.

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