• synonyms


See more synonyms for contrition on Thesaurus.com
  1. sincere penitence or remorse.
  2. Theology. sorrow for and detestation of sin with a true purpose of amendment, arising from a love of God for His own perfections (perfect contrition), or from some inferior motive, as fear of divine punishment (imperfect contrition).
Show More

Origin of contrition

1250–1300; Middle English contricio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin contrītiōn- (stem of contrītiō). See contrite, -ion

Synonyms for contrition

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for contrition

penance, penitence, humiliation, sorrow, repentance, remorse, compunction, rue, contriteness, attrition, ruth, self-reproach

Examples from the Web for contrition

Contemporary Examples of contrition

Historical Examples of contrition

British Dictionary definitions for contrition


  1. deeply felt remorse; penitence
  2. Christianity detestation of past sins and a resolve to make amends, either from love of God (perfect contrition) or from hope of heaven (imperfect contrition)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for contrition


c.1300, contrycyun, from Old French contriciun (Modern French contrition) and directly from Latin contritionem (nominative contritio), noun of action from past participle stem of conterere (see contrite).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper