See under contrition(def 2).
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- imperfect competition,
- imperfect flower,
- imperfect fungus,
- imperfect stage,
[ kuhn-trish-uhn ]
/ kənˈtrɪʃ ən /
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).
Origin of contrition
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/ (kənˈtrɪʃən) /
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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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).
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