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  • n. The state of being contrite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Deep sorrow and penitence for sin; contrition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being contrite; contrition.

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

  • n. sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation


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  • His tone should at least have feigned contriteness, and an awareness of the problem does not excuse him of that.

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  • And, ere the excitement began to ebb, nine-tenths of his congregation and all his converts were down on knees and praying and shouting aloud an immensity of contriteness and sin.


  • Writing's hard when there's so much to say and you're not sure how to say it, or what the proper mix of generosity, contriteness, candor, and diplomacy should be.

    David Margolick: Within a Racial Cold War, Some Signs of a Thaw

  • "If you show shame, or show an honest contriteness, that's likely to appear in a campaign commercial against you," said KC Johnson, a professor of history at Brooklyn College in New York.

    As Rangel demonstrates, shame no longer required after political wrongdoing

  • I am intrigued by most of these statements because they are so rich with cliché and tautology, and yet they have this quality of contriteness and apology that seems to reflect a wonderfully refreshing level of care, concern and tenderness for the work of the poets they are translating, as well as a kind of fatalistic hopelessness about the capacity for us to reach across the divide of language and culture.

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  • Of course, this heart-felt confession, said with all the contriteness that a use-immunity-protected witness can muster, doesn't really mean a whole lot.

    "I Didn't Mean To"

  • He has also "shown contriteness" (which we'd think was a good quality, though we suppose it also suggests he has something to be contrite about) and "shown irritation at criticism."

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  • The pictures are fascinating in the narrow range of emotion they convey, from self-pity to sullenness, but to my mind all stop before genuine contriteness.

    The Polk County 8

  • She looked up, saw his contriteness, and the rest of the tension left her.

    In the Midnight Hour

  • He prefaced his remarks with that he's not a public speaker and I thought that he showed remorse and contriteness.

    CNN Transcript Aug 27, 2007


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