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 (kən-trīt′, kŏn′trīt′)
1. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
2. Arising from or expressing contrition: contrite words.

[Middle English contrit, from Latin contrītus, past participle of conterere, to crush : com-, com- + terere, to grind; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

con·trite′ly adv.
con·trite′ness n.
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Adv.1.contritely - in a rueful manner; "`I made a big mistake,' he said ruefully"
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[ˈkɒntraɪtlɪ] ADV [say etc] → en tono arrepentido
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[kənˈtraɪtlɪ] advcompuntamente
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References in classic literature ?
"I wanted all the dear delicious things," she admitted contritely.
Why, she had asked herself contritely, couldn't she let Martin express his love in his own way?
"My mistake," Martin admitted contritely. "But I'd got him stirred up, and he was so interesting that I did not think.
"I'm awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely. "Honest I am.
"Yes," said Agatha contritely. "I am so very sorry."
But at a point of time, he realized his mistake, humbled himself and went back contritely to the father he abandoned.
Sam narrates that during the next flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame, FVR called for the cop whose name his wife noted down and asked him, "Did you flag down my wife Amelita Ramos for a traffic violation?" The nervous cop turned as white as his inner shirt and said almost contritely, "Yes, Sir!" Then FVR told the cop before the huge assembly, "For that I am promoting you!
Contritely, in the same varsity and in the same department, a number of junior faculty members with genuine research credentials [quality wise as well as quantity wise] complain lack of motivation mainly due to irregular appointments/promotions, still the varsity is not willing to correct the blunders and formed a fact-finding committee consisting of juniors and of those responsible for the blunders, whereas HEC is hiding behind the university autonomy.
But, I had that kind of interest which I contritely characterized as an interest in, and it made me go on in philosophy.
All I asked him out of a mother's heart was to stop punishing himself and be done with guilt that could hound him all his life-for he had very contritely confessed to a 'mortal sin' whereby he turned away from God.