The definition of contrition is a feeling of remorse about having done something wrong.
An example of contrition is a student feeling bad about cheating on a test.
- remorse for having done wrong
- Theol. sorrow for having offended God: perfect contrition is such sorrow arising out of pure love of God
Origin of contritionMiddle English contricioun from Old French contrition from Ecclesiastical Late Latin contritio, grief: see contrite
Sincere remorse for wrongdoing; repentance. See Synonyms at penitence.
From Old French contriciun (French contrition), from Latin contritio.