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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Definitions for contrite

  1. Deeply affected with grief and regret for having done wrong; penitent; as, "a contrite sinner."
  2. Expressing or arising from contrition; as, "contrite words."

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Citations for contrite
Contrite sinners forgiven, yes. Richard de Mille, My Secret Mother
Within days, a contrite Clarence Arthur was sending her roses and violets, even a bad poem. Paul Mariani, The Broken Tower
Origin of contrite
Contrite derives from Latin conterere, "to rub away, to grind," hence "to obliterate, to abase," from con- + terere, "to rub, to rub away."