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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 ?
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?
I'm awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely.
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.
In 1977, he watched an England women's game and contritely wrote: 'Ladies, I apologise unreservedly [.
Contritely, Case 1 reduced his dose to 4 pumps but a month later felt no better, as confirmed by blood tests using ED/MS to rule out more immune interference.
Uberto didn't come down contritely asking my forgiveness, as I expected.
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.
Power utilized for advancement of organization will have clear positive effects, contritely to the one who used it for building himself.
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.