caused by or showing sincere remorse.
filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner.
- 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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How to use contrite in a sentence
Now in his 40s, Joseph is not just contrite, but also, by all accounts, reformed.PBS's Fascinating Philly D.A. Poses a Crucial, Timely Question: Can Our Broken Criminal Justice System Really Be Fixed? | Judy Berman | April 20, 2021 | Time
Yarrow told me that the past outcries have prompted him to become more introspective, contrite, and make a concerted effort to model better behavior.
After further reflection, and no doubt pressure from parents, Olsen issued a more contrite statement on Facebook.The Schools That Starve Students to Punish Deadbeat Parents | Brandy Zadrozny | January 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But let's put partisan spin aside and accept Christie's contrite denials of personal knowledge at face value.Why 'Bridgegate' Will Make or Break Chris Christie | John Avlon | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And, while contrite, she very coolly shrugged her shoulders over the whole thing.Is Reese Witherspoon’s Drunken Arrest the Best Thing to Happen to Her Career? | Kevin Fallon | May 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.South Carolina Street Fight in First District Congressional Primary | John Avlon | March 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is he going to be contrite in the way that some people would like him to be contrite?Charlie Sheen: Anger Management on FX, DirecTV, Fiat | Maria Elena Fernandez | July 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But to whom shall I have respect, but to him that is poor and little, and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my words?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
"These must be the legacy to our children," was the reply, in a grave and almost contrite tone.
That we may find thy mercy: nevertheless, in a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
She stood now before Kitty of "a humble and a contrite heart," and made no reply at all to the implied challenge.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
I ought to add that he has tried to make reparation, and is apparently contrite to the limit of his penitential capacity.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for contrite
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
- contritely, adverb
- contriteness, noun
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