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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contriteness - sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnationcontriteness - 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"


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


(ˈkontrait) adjective
deeply sorry for something one has done.
ˈcontriteness, contrition (kənˈtriʃən) noun
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