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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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  • She may, in fact, get away with a warning if she seems contrite and/or genuinely confused.
  • Read it quickly, and it sounds terrifically contrite.
  • They found him in his backyard beside the pool, shaken from the hospital visit and seemingly contrite.
  • Under cross-examination he came across as pushy and even indignant, rather than contrite.
  • They had seen others be jerks, or had been jerks themselves, and were contrite about it.
  • Although her contrite parent decides to let her make the attempt, the going isn't smooth until she wins a contest in a night club.
  • After inmates submit and act contrite, they are often again treated kindly.
  • Finally, during his appearance, he testified that he was remorseful and contrite regarding his criminal behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for contrite

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 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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