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contrite

[kuh n-trahyt, kon-trahyt] /kənˈtraɪt, ˈkɒn traɪt/
adjective
1.
caused by or showing sincere remorse.
2.
filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent:
a contrite sinner.
Origin of contrite
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English contrit (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrītus worn down, crushed, past participle of conterere. See con-, trite
Related forms
contritely, adverb
contriteness, noun
overcontrite, adjective
overcontritely, adverb
overcontriteness, noun
uncontrite, adjective
Synonyms
2. rueful, remorseful, repentant.
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  • "I'll not say another personal word," he murmured, contritely.

  • “I hope you will humbly pardon me, Mr. Burns,” he said contritely.

  • Florian looked up at her contritely, and smiled his winning smile.

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  • "Sylvie, I had no idea things would be like that," he told her contritely.

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  • "Say, hold your hosses, Markham," said Hartridge contritely.

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  • Thatcher took the seat indicated, contritely, humbly, submissively.

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  • "I suppose we are a great deal of trouble," said Patty, contritely.

  • "I don't care to be saucy, but it is so original," Elsa said contritely.

    The Devil Joseph O'Brien
  • Thats right, we did lay it on a bit thick, admitted Frank, contritely.

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British Dictionary definitions for contritely

contrite

/kənˈtraɪt; ˈkɒntraɪt/
adjective
1.
full of guilt or regret; remorseful
2.
arising from a sense of shame or guilt: contrite promises
3.
(theol) remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
Derived Forms
contritely, adverb
contriteness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin contrītus worn out, from conterere to bruise, from terere to grind
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Word Origin and History for contritely

contrite

adj.

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.

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