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perfect contrition

noun
See under contrition ( def 2 ).
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contrition

[kuhn-trish-uhn]
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; Middle English contricio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contrītiōn- (stem of contrītiō). See contrite, -ion


1. compunction, regret.
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contrition (kənˈtrɪʃən)
 
n
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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contrition
c.1300, from O.Fr. contricium, from L. contritionem, noun of action from conterere (see contrite).
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