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Ways of saying you are sorry or regret something - thesaurus

Synonyms

I’m sorry

used for telling someone that you are ashamed or unhappy about something that you have done that has hurt or upset them

I/we regret to /inform/tell you that

used when you are giving someone bad news

my (humble/deepest/sincere etc.) apologies

used for saying that you are sorry for something

pardon

interjection

used for sayingsorry” when you interrupt someone speaking

I beg your pardon

spoken formal used for saying you are sorry because you have made a slight mistake, for example because you have stood on someone’s foot. “Sorry” is a less formal way of saying this

excuse me

used for showing you are sorry for interrupting someone

forgive me (for doing something)/forgive my doing something

used when you want to say or do something that may offend the person you are talking to

I’m afraid

used for politely telling someone something that might make them sad, disappointed, or angry, for example when you cannot do what they want or do not agree with them

if only

used for saying that you would like a situation to be different

unfortunately

adverb

used for saying that something is sad or disappointing

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alas

interjection

often humorous an old word used for saying you are sad about something and you wish it had not happened

due to/for reasons beyond someone’s control

used for saying that you are not responsible for something that has happened, especially when you are sorry about it

excuse me

used for showing you are sorry because your body has made a rude noise

excuse the expression

used for saying you are sorry for saying something rude

I fear (that)/so/not

used for saying that you believe something bad has happened or might happen and that you are sad about it

(if you’ll) pardon/excuse the expression

used for saying you are sorry for using a slightly offensive word or phrase

I hate to say/admit

used for showing that you are sorry about what you are going to say, because you think it is unpleasant or you wish it was not true

I’m ashamed to say/admit

used for admitting something that you think people might be surprised or disappointed about

I’m sorry

used in a social situation as a way of asking someone to forgive you for doing something rude, embarrassing, etc.

I’m sorry to say/report

used for talking about something bad or disappointing that has happened

I wasn’t thinking/I didn’t think

used for saying that you are sorry that you have upset someone

on your knees

used for emphasizing that you are very sorry

pardon

interjection

used for sayingsorry” when you make a rude noise with your body

pardon/excuse my French

used for saying you are sorry for swearing

pardon me

used for sayingsorry” when you do something rude, for example interrupt someone or make a rude noise with your body

pardon me for (doing) something

used for sayingsorry” for doing or saying something that you think might offend people

regretfully

adverb

formal used for introducing bad news or something that you wish you did not have to say

regrettably

adverb

used for saying that you are sad or sorry about something

sad to say

used when talking about something that makes you unhappy

soz

interjection

Britishspoken sorry

SRY

abbreviation

sorry: used in e-mails and text messages

that’s quite all right

used when you reply to someone who has said they are sorry, in order to show them that you do not mind what they have done

there goes something

used for expressing disappointment that something has failed, has been lost, or has been destroyed

too bad

used for saying that you are sorry or sympathetic about something

why, oh why...?

used when you wish that something had not happened

wish

verb

used for saying that you feel sorry or disappointed about something that you did or did not do

woe is me

used for emphasizing that you are unhappy or have a problem

would that

used for saying that you wish that something were true, especially when you know that it is impossible

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