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contrite

[kuh n-trahyt, kon-trahyt] /kənˈtraɪt, ˈkɒn traɪt/
adjective
1.
caused by or showing sincere remorse.
2.
filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent:
a contrite sinner.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English contrit (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrītus worn down, crushed, past participle of conterere. See con-, trite
Related forms
contritely, adverb
contriteness, noun
overcontrite, adjective
overcontritely, adverb
overcontriteness, noun
uncontrite, adjective
Synonyms
2. rueful, remorseful, repentant.
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British Dictionary definitions for con-tritest

contrite

/kənˈtraɪt; ˈkɒntraɪt/
adjective
1.
full of guilt or regret; remorseful
2.
arising from a sense of shame or guilt: contrite promises
3.
(theol) remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
Derived Forms
contritely, adverb
contriteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin contrītus worn out, from conterere to bruise, from terere to grind
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Word Origin and History for con-tritest

contrite

adj.

c.1300, from Old French contrit and directly from Latin contritus, literally "worn out, ground to pieces," past participle of conterere "to grind," from com- "together" (see com-) + terere "to rub" (see throw (v.)). Used in English in figurative sense of "crushed in spirit by a sense of sin." Related: Contritely.

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