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contrition

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noun con·tri·tion \kən-ˈtri-shən\

Simple Definition of contrition

  • : the state of feeling sorry for bad behavior : the state of being contrite

Full Definition of contrition

  1. :  the state of being contrite :  repentance

Examples of contrition

  1. Were her tears a true sign of contrition?

  2. <once again she heard her abusive husband's tearful expressions of contrition>



14th Century

First Known Use of contrition

14th century

Synonym Discussion of contrition

penitence, repentance, contrition, compunction, remorse mean regret for sin or wrongdoing. penitence implies sad and humble realization of and regret for one's misdeeds <absolution is dependent upon sincere penitence>. repentance adds the implication of a resolve to change <repentance accompanied by a complete change of character>. contrition stresses the sorrowful regret that constitutes true penitence <tearful expressions of contrition>. compunction implies a painful sting of conscience especially for contemplated wrongdoing <had no compunctions about taking back what is mine>. remorse suggests prolonged and insistent self-reproach and mental anguish for past wrongs and especially for those whose consequences cannot be remedied <thieves untroubled by feelings of remorse>.

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