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imperfect contrition

noun
1.
See under contrition (def 2).

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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British Dictionary definitions for imperfect-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 imperfect-contrition

contrition

n.

c.1300, contrycyun, from Old French contriciun (Modern French contrition) and directly from Latin contritionem (nominative contritio), noun of action from past participle stem of conterere (see contrite).

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