remorsefulness


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Chaucer's contrition, however, acknowledges only post hoc remorsefulness for his fiction; it does not necessarily explain its qualities.
At the same time, the vast majority of the boys felt that making a girl pregnant was morally wrong and they expressed remorsefulness and conflicting feelings about this, both for the girl and for themselves:
Contrary to the effects of apology and remorsefulness, an offender who expresses pleasure in his or her offense may be subject to an increase in aggression (Savitsky, Izard, Kotsch & Christy, 1974).