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Origin of contrite
Examples from the Web for contriteness
(Worship God in spirit and with the contriteness of thy spirit).
There was no contriteness in his heart; no impression had been made upon him.Watch Yourself Go By|Al. G. Field
But, instead of saying that, he stood looking at me, with a tragically humble sort of contriteness.The Prairie Mother|Arthur Stringer
What could he do but kiss her quivering lips and smile at the whimsical way in which she expressed her contriteness?Dorothy's Travels|Evelyn Raymond
When he had caught up with her, his contriteness was such that she was willing to believe he had not meant to insult her.A Modern Chronicle, Complete|Winston Churchill
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.