Origin of contrite
Synonyms for contrite
Related Words for uncontriteavaricious, barbarous, bloody, callous, cruel, fierce, forbidding, greedy, grim, hard, hardened, harsh, impenitent, implacable, inexorable, inhuman, insensitive, intolerant, merciless, murderous
Word Origin for contrite
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.