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contrition

[kuh n-trish-uh n] /kənˈtrɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
sincere penitence or remorse.
2.
Theology. sorrow for and detestation of sin with a true purpose of amendment, arising from a love of God for His own perfections (perfect contrition) or from some inferior motive, as fear of divine punishment (imperfect contrition)
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English contricio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contrītiōn- (stem of contrītiō). See contrite, -ion
Synonyms
1. compunction, regret.
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Examples for contrition
  • Real contrition rests on awareness and regret, not political expediency.
  • He showed no readiness for reflection, much less contrition.
  • But another everyday observation is that powerful people who have been caught out often show little sign of contrition.
  • contrition, pessimism and voluminous disclosure are the order of the day.
  • We know that humiliation, deflated pride, and cultural contrition can be improving.
  • In truth, this was not an act of contrition but an act of containment.
  • The congressmen scoffed at it as a cynical stunt or else a phony act of contrition.
  • They've all changed their tunes, a little or a lot, with various degrees of contrition.
  • For this, and for disrespecting the national pastime with his alleged deceptions, fans want his contrition.
  • Yet the weight given contrition cannot be beyond review for reasonableness.
British Dictionary definitions for contrition

contrition

/kənˈtrɪʃən/
noun
1.
deeply felt remorse; penitence
2.
(Christianity) detestation of past sins and a resolve to make amends, either from love of God (perfect contrition) or from hope of heaven (imperfect contrition)
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Word Origin and History for contrition
contrition
c.1300, from O.Fr. contricium, from L. contritionem, noun of action from conterere (see contrite).
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