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To say or show that you are sorry - synonyms or related words



to tell someone that you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem




to show that you are sorry for doing something bad or wrong

make amends

to try to make a situation better after you have done something wrong

make it up to someone

to do something good that helps someone to feel better after you did something bad to them



very formal

to show that you are sorry for something bad you have done by doing something good

wear sackcloth and ashes

to behave in a way that shows you are extremely sorry about something that you did

put on/wear a hair shirt

to behave in a way that shows you feel very sorry and guilty about something you have done wrong

beat your breast

to make it obvious by your actions that you are very upset or sorry about something


a British spelling of apologize

redeem yourself

to do something good because you have behaved badly, so that people will think you are a good person again



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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