contrition


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con·tri·tion

 (kən-trĭsh′ən)
n.
Sincere remorse for wrongdoing; repentance. See Synonyms at penitence.

contrition

(kənˈtrɪʃən)
n
1. deeply felt remorse; penitence
2. (Theology) 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)

con•tri•tion

(kənˈtrɪʃ ən)

n.
sincere penitence or remorse.
[1250–1300; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contrition - sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnationcontrition - sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
regret, ruefulness, sorrow, rue - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"

contrition

noun regret, sorrow, remorse, repentance, compunction, penitence, self-reproach The next day he'd be full of contrition for hurting her.

contrition

noun
A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
Theology: attrition.
Translations
sár iîrun; eftirsjá

contrition

[kənˈtrɪʃən] Narrepentimiento m (Rel) → contrición f

contrition

[kənˈtrɪʃən] n (= remorse) → remords m

contrition

nReue f; act of contrition (Eccl) → Buße f

contrition

[kənˈtrɪʃn] n (see adj) → mortificazione f, contrizione f

contrite

(ˈkontrait) adjective
deeply sorry for something one has done.
ˈcontriteness, contrition (kənˈtriʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
For this purpose, I am greatly in need of a little money, and I come to you, brother, with my heart full of contrition.
This confession, though delivered rather in terms of contrition, as it appeared, did not at all mollify Mrs Deborah, who now pronounced a second judgment against her, in more opprobrious language than before; nor had it any better success with the bystanders, who were now grown very numerous.
Saxon showed that the stab had gone home, and Mary was all contrition.
hard-boiled egg into religious contrition, or a cream-puff into a sigh
I was reading over his poems in that poor little book a few days ago, and wondering with shame and contrition that I had not at once known their incomparable superiority to mine.
You make me feel like a big man who has robbed a small child of a lolly," he said with sudden contrition.
Don't, Genevieve, don't," the boy pleaded, all contrition, though he was confused and dazed.
Such little actions, slight in another man, were very noticeable in him; and his daughter received them as if they had been words of contrition.
Your having interfered in this dear boy's behalf before,' said Rose; 'your coming here, at so great a risk, to tell me what you have heard; your manner, which convinces me of the truth of what you say; your evident contrition, and sense of shame; all lead me to believe that you might yet be reclaimed.
In the warmth of true contrition, she would call upon her the very next morning, and it should be the beginning, on her side, of a regular, equal, kindly intercourse.
In one moment her imagination placed before her a letter from Willoughby, full of tenderness and contrition, explanatory of all that had passed, satisfactory, convincing; and instantly followed by Willoughby himself, rushing eagerly into the room to inforce, at her feet, by the eloquence of his eyes, the assurances of his letter.
Wickfield, shaking his white head, 'has much matter for regret - for deep regret, and deep contrition, Trotwood, you well know.