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
This book comes with its head down, in contrite manner, but its eyes sparkling for the adventures its had.
No apology, no matter how contrite, is ever deemed sufficient.
I just can't wait for the moment when John McCain -- contrite and suddenly honorable again in victory or defeat -- talks about how things got a little out of control in the passion of the moment.
Remain contrite and humble when talking to the desk clerk who has just emphatically told you that no pets are allowed.
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Hogan, overwhelmed by the magnitude of his master's misfortune, and realizing that it was due in no small degree to his own neglect, was now self-exiled from the lieutenant's roof, and seeking such consolation as he could find at the Harp of Erin outside the walls, a miserable and contrite man, -- contrite, that is to say, as manifested in the manner of his country, for Hogan was pottle deep in his distress.
The post Keaint-5 Scandal "contrite" McCain will emerge, phony as ever of course, and pretend to have reclaimed his high moral ground.
As far as Obama's claim today that Jeremiah Wright is now "contrite" about his inflammatory sermons, I would like to hear that from Wright himself.
Of all the Dem senators who'd voted for the AUMF bill, the most "contrite" of the bunch have been John Kerry and John Edwards ... a coupe of losers.
The only part missing from the cycle model of violence in BWS is the 'contrite' part.