- 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 contritely
You have fully and contritely admitted the problem, which is more than Lance could manage.An Open Letter to Buzz Bissinger
March 27, 2013
"I'll not say another personal word," he murmured, contritely.Quaint Courtships
“I hope you will humbly pardon me, Mr. Burns,” he said contritely.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
Florian looked up at her contritely, and smiled his winning smile.Gigolo
"Sylvie, I had no idea things would be like that," he told her contritely.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
"Say, hold your hosses, Markham," said Hartridge contritely.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
- 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 contritely
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.