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contrite

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

Simple Definition of contrite

  • : feeling or showing regret for bad behavior

Full Definition of contrite

  1. :  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. Allbaugh apologized, though it was clear he was hardly contrite. —Christopher Cooper &Robert Block, Disaster, 2006

  2. … Teddy was immediately contrite. “That was stupid of me. Forgive me.” —Jack Higgins, The President's Daughter, 1998

  3. At the airport, the meter registers nine pounds, and of course he had said six or seven. I have a sense now of his feeling somewhat contrite, or perhaps only abashed. —Renata Adler, Pitch Dark, 1983

  4. … for days afterward, afraid of himself and worried about his sanity, he would be contrite and terribly ashamed. —John Nichols, The Milagro Beanfield War, 1974

  5. <being contrite is not enough to spare you an arrest if you're caught shoplifting>



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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