He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.
And, while contrite, she very coolly shrugged her shoulders over the whole thing.
But let's put partisan spin aside and accept Christie's contrite denials of personal knowledge at face value.
And yesterday, after a few rounds of phone tag, she spent seven minutes on the line with a contrite President Obama.
They appeared to be sincere and contrite, although of course “appear” is the key word there.
"Perhaps it is a c-c-case of a 'b-b-broken and contrite heart,'" he remarked, leaning his head back to watch them float away.
In time they were succeeded by an affectation of contrite apology and self-depreciation.
I assure you, I am most contrite as I set all this down here.
I dwell with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.
He will “revive the spirit of the humble, and revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
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.