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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
  • adj. Arising from or expressing contrition: contrite words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one’s own actions; apologetic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Thoroughly bruised or broken.
  • adj. Broken down with grief and penitence; deeply sorrowful for sin because it is displeasing to God; humbly and thoroughly penitent.
  • n. A contrite person.
  • v. In a contrite manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bruised; worn.
  • Hence—2. Broken in spirit by a sense of guilt; conscience-stricken; humbled; penitent: as, a contrite sinner.
  • Synonyms Repentant, sorrowful. For comparison, see repentance.
  • n. A contrite person; a penitent.
  • To make humble or penitent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses


Middle English contrit, from Latin contrītus, past participle of conterere, to crush : com-, com- + terere, to grind; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin contritus. (Wiktionary)



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  • 'Reuevoll', 'Reuig' TOP 10: 5)

    S: Regretfull, Remorseful, Repentant, Penitent, Sorrowful

    A: Remorseless, Unrepented, Indifferent

    October 25, 2013

  • con-trite: against cliches, for change

    April 27, 2011

  • In its Biblical context, this word means 'broken', as in broken down until nothing is left.

    February 14, 2011