When he had caught up with her, his contriteness was such that she was willing to believe he had not meant to insult her.
Dr. Bemis's voice changed from harsh tenseness to contriteness.
But, instead of saying that, he stood looking at me, with a tragically humble sort of contriteness.
There was no contriteness in his heart; no impression had been made upon him.
What could he do but kiss her quivering lips and smile at the whimsical way in which she expressed her contriteness?
(Worship God in spirit and with the contriteness of thy spirit).
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.