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contrite

[kuhn-trahyt, kon-trahyt]
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:
1300–50; Middle English contrit (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrītus worn down, crushed, past participle of conterere. See con-, trite

contritely, adverb
contriteness, noun
overcontrite, adjective
overcontritely, adverb
overcontriteness, noun
uncontrite, adjective


2. rueful, remorseful, repentant.
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contrite (kənˈtraɪt, ˈkɒntraɪt)
 
adj
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
 
[C14: from Latin contrītus worn out, from conterere to bruise, from terere to grind]
 
con'tritely
 
adv
 
con'triteness
 
n

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contrite
c.1300 (contrition), from L. contritus, lit. "worn out, ground to pieces," pp. of L. conterere "to grind," from com- "together" + terere "to rub" (see throw). Related: Contritely (1829).
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