See under contrition(def 2).
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Words nearby imperfect contrition
Definition for imperfect contrition (2 of 2)
[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for imperfect contrition
/ (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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