He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.
And, while contrite, she very coolly shrugged her shoulders over the whole thing.
And yesterday, after a few rounds of phone tag, she spent seven minutes on the line with a contrite President Obama.
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.