This man appears contrite.
An example of contrite is the feeling of someone who feels terribly about committing a sin.
- feeling contrition; repentant
- showing or resulting from contrition
Origin of contriteMiddle English contrit from Old French from Ecclesiastical Late Latin contritus, literally , worn out, ground to pieces, past participle of Classical Latin conterere, to grind from com-, together + terere, to rub: see throw
- Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
- Arising from or expressing contrition: contrite words.
Origin of contriteMiddle English contrit from Latin contrītus past participle of conterere to crush com- com- terere to grind ; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more contrite, superlative most contrite)
- A contrite person; a penitent.
From Old French contrit, from Latin contritus.