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contrite

[kuh n-trahyt, kon-trahyt]
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adjective
  1. caused by or showing sincere remorse.
  2. filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner.
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Origin of contrite

1300–50; Middle English contrit (< Anglo-French) < Latin contrītus worn down, crushed, past participle of conterere. See con-, trite
Related formscon·trite·ly, adverbcon·trite·ness, nouno·ver·con·trite, adjectiveo·ver·con·trite·ly, adverbo·ver·con·trite·ness, nounun·con·trite, adjective

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2. rueful, remorseful, repentant.
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contrite

adjective
  1. full of guilt or regret; remorseful
  2. arising from a sense of shame or guiltcontrite promises
  3. theol remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
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Derived Formscontritely, adverbcontriteness, 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 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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