- 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 contriteness
There was no contriteness in his heart; no impression had been made upon him.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Dr. Bemis's voice changed from harsh tenseness to contriteness.Unthinkable
Roger Phillips Graham
But, instead of saying that, he stood looking at me, with a tragically humble sort of contriteness.The Prairie Mother
When he had caught up with her, his contriteness was such that she was willing to believe he had not meant to insult her.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
(Worship God in spirit and with the contriteness of thy spirit).
- 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 contriteness
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.