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Goto next slide"Contrite"


Lookups spiked on November 14, 2013.


It was widely used in accounts of President Obama's press conference about the troubled roll-out of the new health care law.

For example, as USA Today reported, "Not a person given to public introspection or apology, [Obama's] tone was contrite and even confessional at times."

Contrite means "feeling or showing regret for bad behavior." It comes from the Latin word that means "bruised" or "crushed."