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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How to use contrition in a sentence
Judges have also pressured defendants to explain why they were in the building that day and express contrition, even if their plea agreements do not require such admissions.D.C. judges express frustration about possible leniency in Capitol riot cases | Rachel Weiner | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The contrition was short-lived though, as the artist deleted the apology a couple days later.DaBaby, Boosie and Hip Hop’s Love-Hate Relationship With Homoeroticism | Tirhakah Love | August 25, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Multiple dead bodies later, no contrition, no apologies, no acknowledgment of what they did.Never forget Fox News’s promotion of the ‘Big Lie’ | Erik Wemple | January 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Abloh’s title for Evian was announced in 2018 and ironically wasn’t surprising considering his contrition to designing outside of the fashion realm.Virgil Abloh Collaborates With Evian Water On New Design | Nandi Howard | January 7, 2021 | Essence.com
Declarations of contrition and of a determination to fix things on the part of military leaders are a start.The Army can’t repeat the mistakes of the 1990s if it wants to end sexual assault | David Fitzgerald | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.
Christie ended up settling and publishing a letter of contrition in the newspapers.Remembering Ma Laureys, the Mother of 10 Christie Slandered to Win His First Election | Michael Daly | January 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Still, given the disaster her earlier attempts at contrition were, this appearance seems to have done wonders for her.Paula Deen Apologizes (Again) on ‘Today.’ Do You Forgive Her Yet? | Kevin Fallon | June 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Musharraf was still posting updates on Facebook and not showing the contrition expected of a man in his position.
But surely we are entitled to a measure of humility and contrition from the Erdogans of this world—or at least their silence.
His whilom arrogance was all fallen from him; he wore instead an air of extreme contrition.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
But she could scarcely see, and Gwynne with a contrition he had no intention of displaying offered to control the launch.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Harry was dismayed at his sister's condition, but the injustice of the wholesale reproach chased away contrition.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
Miss Naylor made no reply to this, but vexedly cut off a sound rose, which she hastily picked up and regarded with contrition.Villa Rubein and Other Stories | John Galsworthy
Then she caught sight of his eyes, and leaned forward in sudden contrition.Quin | Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for contrition
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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