Contrite meaning

kən-trīt', kŏn'trīt'
The definition of contrite is feeling or expressing sorrow or regret.

An example of contrite is the feeling of someone who feels terribly about committing a sin.

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Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
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Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one’s own actions; apologetic.
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A contrite person; a penitent.

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Arising from or expressing contrition.

Contrite words.

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Feeling contrition; repentant.
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Showing or resulting from contrition.
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Origin of contrite

  • Middle English contrit from Latin contrītus past participle of conterere to crush com- com- terere to grind terə-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French contrit, from Latin contritus.
    From Wiktionary