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There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
  a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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remorse remorseful remorseless remorsefully
Synonym comparison:  Many consider the word remorse stronger than the word regret. Also, it is more personal. One might regret that their team lost the game, but feel remorse that they missed the bus and weren’t there to help the team.

Note that "less" in remorseless means "without remorse". The suffix appears in many words; e.g., harmless, bottomless, worthless, boneless, ageless, breathless.
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  • There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
  • I expressed my remorse at having let them down.
  • I had only owned it a week before I felt buyer’s remorse.
  • But Baba had found a way to create good out of his remorse.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner

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  • Their eyes hint remorse,
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • to obey shall be in me remorse
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • and then ’tis thought thou’lt show thy mercy and remorse more strange than...
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • I didn’t feel any remorse.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • ...shocked to see Hagrid shaking with grief and remorse, great tears leaking down into his beard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth

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  • They had mocked him through his misery and remorse,
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Why do they make you wait so long, trembling in the shadow of fear and remorse?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He shakes his head with remorse.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • There was no remorse in her eyes.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Now remorse began to gnaw at me.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I’d show no pride, only remorse.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • As the acuteness of this remorse began to die away, it was succeeded by a sense of joy.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Thou knowest the extent of my remorse and the will of my spirit.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • I felt no sorrow or remorse.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • But not a one of you has shown the slightest sign of remorse.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Even with remorse you will have a better time.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • By her own blindness she had sinned; now she must repay, not by empty remorse, but by prompt and useful action.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A third alternative was for Roy to try apologizing to Dana again, this time oozing remorse and sincerity.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • a memory I recall from time to time with a mixture of nausea and remorse.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • Candide ... felt some remorse in having been unfaithful to Miss Cunegonde.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • to hear men twist basting themselves with remorse
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • no man ever does that under the first fury of despair or remorse or bereavement
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • It was your pleasure, and your own remorse:
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • But my raging always turned to remorse.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • valiant, wise, remorseful, well accomplished
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • ...there was a cold gnawing in my inside like a remorse for something wrong.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • But for once I was soaked through with honest remorse.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • your heart were touch’d with that remorse
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • I don’t say that I suffered any remorse.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • Had he suffered tortures of remorse,
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • These eyes, which never shed remorseful tear,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than their misdeeds?
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • The last thing I wanted was for him to go wallow in remorse.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • a blazing glare so thorough and remorseless that ... it seemed an actual presence.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • I experienced a sentiment half of horror, half of remorse, for the crime of which I had been guilty; but it was, at best, a feeble and equivocal feeling, and the soul remained untouched.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Helene’s eyes are ferocious slits, and for the first time, I see her as others must—deadly, remorseless.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It’s as if Roland thinks his attack on her could be wiped away by feigning remorse—not because he’s actually sorry for what he did, but because it serves Roland’s needs to treat her well now.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Tomorrow the Schieber interview would air, and then the others would roll out, a domino of apologetics and remorse.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Silvia showed absolutely no remorse when, twenty minutes later, a different guard came, telling us we were free to go upstairs.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • He had that hard look in his eyes again: cold, clamped down, remorseless.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Mae found out, with a sting of remorse, that she’d missed, that very morning, a visit from Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Prize.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
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