contrite [k uh n- trahyt, kon-trahyt] Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com caused by or showing sincere remorse. filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner. Origin of contrite 1300–50; Middle English contrit
worn down, crushed, past participle of
trite Related forms con·trite·ly, adverb con·trite·ness, noun o·ver·con·trite, adjective o·ver·con·trite·ly, adverb o·ver·con·trite·ness, noun un·con·trite, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for uncontrite full of guilt or regret; remorseful arising from a sense of shame or guilt contrite promises 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 uncontrite 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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