contrition

[ kuhn-trish-uhn ]
/ kənˈtrɪʃ ən /

noun

sincere penitence or remorse.
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 ).

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Origin of contrition

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

contrition
/ (kənˈtrɪʃən) /

noun

deeply felt remorse; penitence
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)
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