contrition

noun con·tri·tion \ kən-ˈtri-shən \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of contrition

: the state of being contrite : repentance
  • She shed tears of contrition for her sins.

Examples of contrition in a Sentence

  1. Were her tears a true sign of contrition?

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

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Origin and Etymology of contrition

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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CONTRITION Defined for English Language Learners

contrition

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Definition of contrition for English Language Learners

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



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