- sincere penitence or remorse.
- Theology. sorrow for and detestation of sin with a true purpose of amendment, arising from a love of God for His own perfections (perfect contrition), or from some inferior motive, as fear of divine punishment (imperfect contrition).
Origin of contrition
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Examples from the Web for contrition
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
Christie ended up settling and publishing a letter of contrition in the newspapers.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election
January 23, 2014
Still, given the disaster her earlier attempts at contrition were, this appearance seems to have done wonders for her.Paula Deen Apologizes (Again) on ‘Today.’ Do You Forgive Her Yet?
June 26, 2013
Musharraf was still posting updates on Facebook and not showing the contrition expected of a man in his position.Welcome to the Pervez Musharraf Show
April 20, 2013
But surely we are entitled to a measure of humility and contrition from the Erdogans of this world—or at least their silence.Turkish Hypocrisy
March 28, 2012
In my contrition I had put forth my hand as I moved toward him.In the Valley
Humiliation and contrition have ever been the conditions of revival.The Ministry of Intercession
May I ask,” she said, with some contrition roused by his care of her, “where you are going?Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
I will wait while you make an act of contrition for your sins.The Shame of Motley
But he saw nothing back of the letter but friendship and contrition.
- deeply felt remorse; penitence
- Christianity detestation of past sins and a resolve to make amends, either from love of God (perfect contrition) or from hope of heaven (imperfect contrition)
Word Origin and History for contrition
c.1300, contrycyun, from Old French contriciun (Modern French contrition) and directly from Latin contritionem (nominative contritio), noun of action from past participle stem of conterere (see contrite).