- caused by or showing sincere remorse.
- filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner.
Origin of contrite
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Examples from the Web for contrite
But let's put partisan spin aside and accept Christie's contrite denials of personal knowledge at face value.Why 'Bridgegate' Will Make or Break Chris Christie
January 19, 2014
And, while contrite, she very coolly shrugged her shoulders over the whole thing.Is Reese Witherspoon’s Drunken Arrest the Best Thing to Happen to Her Career?
May 3, 2013
He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.South Carolina Street Fight in First District Congressional Primary
March 18, 2013
Is he going to be contrite in the way that some people would like him to be contrite?Charlie Sheen: Anger Management on FX, DirecTV, Fiat
Maria Elena Fernandez
July 23, 2012
On Tuesday, an emotional and contrite Guillen went before the cameras and apologized for more than an hour for his remarks.Marlins Manager’s Castro Comment Is a Foul Ball for All Hispanics
April 11, 2012
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Her's was "a broken and a contrite heart," and of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed, a thousand times blessed, will be the outpouring of a contrite heart.The Shadow of a Crime
He often sat with her now, watching her for hours, puzzled and anxious, but not contrite.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
Has ravening aspiration any compunction; any contrite visitings of nature?The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- full of guilt or regret; remorseful
- arising from a sense of shame or guiltcontrite promises
- theol remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
Word Origin and History for contrite
c.1300, from Old French contrit and directly from Latin contritus, literally "worn out, ground to pieces," past participle of conterere "to grind," from com- "together" (see com-) + terere "to rub" (see throw (v.)). Used in English in figurative sense of "crushed in spirit by a sense of sin." Related: Contritely.