- contributory negligence,
Origin of contrite
Examples from the Web for contritely
You have fully and contritely admitted the problem, which is more than Lance could manage.
Here, among a congregation of contritely stooping sinners, he walked as stiffly upright as a well-drilled recruit.Egholm and his God|Johannes Buchholtz
“So sorry,” answered Dick, contritely, at once falling back.Harley Greenoak's Charge|Bertram Mitford
Thatcher took the seat indicated, contritely, humbly, submissively.The Story of a Mine|Bret Harte
Word Origin for contrite
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.