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
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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.
For myself, I felt so much self-reproach and contrition for my part in what had happened, that nothing would have enabled me to keep back my tears but the fear that Steerforth, who often looked at me, I saw, might think it unfriendly - or, I should rather say, considering our relative ages, and the feeling with which I regarded him, undutiful - if I showed the emotion which distressed me.
feigned to be in a paroxysm of terror and contrition, occasioned by the dignity of my appearance.
See Father, what first fruits on Earth are sprung From thy implanted Grace in Man, these Sighs And Prayers, which in this Golden Censer, mixt With Incense, I thy Priest before thee bring, Fruits of more pleasing savour from thy seed Sow'n with contrition in his heart, then those Which his own hand manuring all the Trees Of Paradise could have produc't, ere fall'n From innocence.
And, even although surprised, and, to a certain extent, detected, Albert Malvoisin listened with such respect and apparent contrition to the rebuke of his Superior, and made such haste to reform the particulars he censured, succeeded, in fine, so well in giving an air of ascetic devotion to a family which had been lately devoted to license and pleasure, that Lucas Beaumanoir began to entertain a higher opinion of the Preceptor's morals, than the first appearance of the establishment had inclined him to adopt.
A large and still increasing family, an husband disabled for active service, but not the less equal to company and good liquor, and a very small income to supply their wants, made her eager to regain the friends she had so carelessly sacrificed; and she addressed Lady Bertram in a letter which spoke so much contrition and despondence, such a superfluity of children, and such a want of almost everything else, as could not but dispose them all to a reconciliation.
Then Namgay Doola, never-christened Patsay Doola, son of Timlay Doola-which is Tim Doolan-clasped the king's feet, cuffed the standing army, and hurried in an agony of contrition from temple to temple making offerings for the sin of the cattle- maiming.
The self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a guilty one.
For this purpose, I am greatly in need of a little money, and I come to you, brother, with my heart full of contrition.
There was a moment, during this long, wretched walk back from the Petersburg Side, when the prince felt an irresistible desire to go straight to Rogojin's, wait for him, embrace him with tears of shame and contrition, and tell him of his distrust, and finish with it--once for all.
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.