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Contrite

In reports on President Obama's press conference about ...


When:

Lookups spiked on November 14, 2013.

contrite-obama-health-care-law

Why:

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."



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