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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"


[ˈkɒntraɪtlɪ] ADV [say etc] → en tono arrepentido


[kənˈtraɪtlɪ] advcompuntamente
References in classic literature ?
Why, she had asked herself contritely, couldn't she let Martin express his love in his own way?
I wanted all the dear delicious things," she admitted contritely.
I'm awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely.
Yes, the debt repayments could have been rescheduled if Athens played ball and acted contritely.
If there was a difference in how different administrations dealt with Israel, the difference was in degree not in kind, say, as a case in point, when President Eisenhower in 1956 chose a muscular policy by ordering Israel out of Sinai and, conversely, when in 1977 President Carter chose a wimpy policy by declaring contritely (after being challenged about his call for a "Palestinian homeland") that "I would rather commit political suicide than hurt Israel.
And should we have terribly failed their mothers--consenting to, if not actively encouraging them to abort--we can only contritely ask for forgiveness for having not answered the call.
Contritely rejecting a media observation that New Delhi has failed to flex its muscles on major issues, Singh said, "India has shown spine ever since it got independence in 1947.
Contritely, I shook his hand, leaving behind a souvenir picture of Andy Jackson, a pittance compared to my embarrassment.
Called on the carpet for this shortcoming, the president contritely addressed the OCC after the panic had abated.