adjective con·trite \ˈkän-ˌtrīt, kən-ˈ\

: feeling or showing regret for bad behavior

Full Definition of CONTRITE

:  feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming <a contrite criminal> <a contrite apology> <contrite sighs>
con·trite·ly adverb
con·trite·ness noun

Examples of CONTRITE

  1. <being contrite is not enough to spare you an arrest if you're caught shoplifting>
  2. Allbaugh apologized, though it was clear he was hardly contrite. —Christopher Cooper &Robert Block, Disaster, 2006

Origin of CONTRITE

Middle English contrit, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin contritus, from Latin, past participle of conterere to grind, bruise, from com- + terere to rub — more at throw
First Known Use: 14th century

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CONTRITE Defined for Kids


adjective con·trite \ˈkän-ˌtrīt, kən-ˈtrīt\

Definition of CONTRITE for Kids

:  feeling or showing sorrow for having done something bad or wrong :  repentant <The prince lowered his head so as to appear humbled and contrite. — Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy>


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