- caused by or showing sincere remorse.
- filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner.
Origin of contrite
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- full of guilt or regret; remorseful
- arising from a sense of shame or guiltcontrite promises
- theol remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
Word Origin and History for uncontrite
c.1300, from Old French contrit and directly from Latin contritus, literally "worn out, ground to pieces," past participle of conterere "to grind," from com- "together" (see com-) + terere "to rub" (see throw (v.)). Used in English in figurative sense of "crushed in spirit by a sense of sin." Related: Contritely.