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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
She looked up, saw his contriteness, and the rest of the tension left her.
He prefaced his remarks with that he's not a public speaker and I thought that he showed remorse and contriteness.