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- adv. In a contrite manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a contrite manner; with humble sorrow; with penitence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a rueful manner
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“The head of Sci-Fi channel has contritely promised to includemore homosex in future shows, and to do it nonchalantly, just as if this abomination is normal and natural and worthy of no comment.” and:
I'm Episcopalian, so the closest I can come to atoning for people's sins -- unless I discover Jesus on my toast -- is wandering around contritely, taking responsibility for other people's actions.
That was rude of me, Colbert says, faux contritely.
She smiled contritely, her voice sounding oh so reasonable.
“Thank you for coming to get me,” Brenda said contritely sometime later.
So before Lohan reports to jail next week, she might do well to think about Polanski's plight (and flight): On the one hand, maybe she should contritely serve her sentence and move on with her life.
Instead of standing contritely he had a tantrum and consequently was locked in the principal's office.
Unpredictable as ever, Rivera recanted his Trotskyism after Trotsky's assassination and, in Isaac Deutscher's words, "return (ed) contritely to the Stalinst fold."
It required him to stand contritely before his peers as he was publicly reprimanded.
“I know it does,” Luke said contritely, but then his head came up.