feeling sorry for thing one has thought, said or done
I truly feel regretful for an enormous amount of things I've done and said; but no longer want to feel wronged, especially by people I barely know.
by PineappleJuice March 9, 2015
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When you've done something you wish you hadn't, or hadn't done something you wish you had.

To argue which is worse is an exercise in futility; for the weight of their pain is subjective: the falling out of a friendship because of an unbridled tongue, the loss of the one you love because you didn't speak up, someone committing suicide because of something you'd said. The pain is there, festering; gnawing at your soul; relentlessly reminding you of its reason for existing: yourself. There's no one else you can blame; for there is no one else TO blame. All you can do is bear this burden, because it is a burden you've forced yourself to bear. And you do so willingly- subconsciously seeing it as penance for your sins.
"Nowhere can a man run- no matter how far- from that which resides in his mind's eye. In vain, he persuades himself that he's able, that he can roam the world eternally until his thoughts fall to the wayside in exhaustion, that he can outlast them as though they were bound by mortal limitations. In his delusion, he forgets that he cannot outrun himself; for his antagonist does not rest from without, but from within. Like a demon sitting on his shoulder, the imp whispers his barbs wherever he goes, piercing him with every step; and yet he continues, thinking his consolation to be measured in miles..."

Regret cannot be satisfied with distance- that is the moral of this story.
by WhatYouThinkVWhatYouKnow June 24, 2013
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The good feeling you get that follows you doing something really good or doing something you probably shouldn't have.

*Side effects of the second senario may result in some or many regrets at a later date.
1. I'm proud of what I did today. I tried my best, no regrets.

2. (After doing something crazy) That was awesome. I can't believe I did that, no regrets!
by GhostWriter429 August 12, 2016
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A feeling often accompanied by sadness, shame, and guilt; regret is when you wish you had done things differently in your past.
"I have many regrets in life, but you were not one of them."
by OneBadAsp November 4, 2006
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There's a difference between the kind of regret where you regret something you said or did, and the kind of regret you have from meeting someone. You are in control of what you say and do, you do not control who you meet.
The guy didn't regret a single thing he ever said or did to anybody, since most of it he did on purpose. If he had the chance to do life over again, he would do it the exact same way he had done it. But he did regret some of the folks he met along the way. He knew which faces he'd never miss seeing once he didn't see them anymore.
by Solid Mantis July 5, 2019
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The first two words that you see on the email that the editor of an academic journal send you after you submitted a paper to them usually half a year ago.
With regret, I must inform you that, based on the advice received, the Editors have decided that your manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in the Journal of Dipshit.
by Cuntotaler April 16, 2007
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Regret is wishing you had said something when you had the chance.
I regret not speaking up and telling him how I felt about him. I wake up every morning and he is my first thought. When I go to bed at night he is my last thought. I wish I would have told him that I loved him when I had the chance. Now I will never know how he truly felt about me. Maybe if I had told him how I felt we would still be in contact. I will never forget him and I love him.
by Hopeful180 June 29, 2013
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