from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sincere remorse for wrongdoing; repentance. See Synonyms at penitence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being contrite; sincere penitence or remorse.
- n. The act of grinding or rubbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of grinding or ribbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing.
- n. The state of being contrite; deep sorrow and repentance for sin, because sin is displeasing to God; humble penitence; through repentance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of grinding or rubbing to powder; attrition.
- n. Brokenness of spirit for having given offense; deep sorrow for sin or guilt; pious compunction; sincere penitence.
- n. Synonyms Penitence, Compunction, etc. See repentance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
'By that account,' said Lady Anne, 'which I believe to be just, her contrition is always ten times as great as her offence.'
BTW, "contrition" is precisely what rankles for most of the naysayers.
The expression of contrition from Mr. Shimizu came a day after the Japanese government raised its assessment of the nuclear crisis to 7, the highest on an international scale, from 5.
The apology arrived 25 days after the incident, and Barrichello took delivery of it on his mobile phone, but it still counts as a rare act of contrition from the German.
I have yet to hear any acts of contrition from the media or people like Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, who i held in passable esteem for what they said and why they said it.
In contrast, and in contrition, I must highly recommend an excellent traditional platformer that recently became available on Virtual Console; I didn't pick it up until last night.
Of course, asking Rose to dive headfirst into an act of contrition is like asking Anaheim Angels pitchers to feed dead-red fastballs to Bonds.
Rocker's apparent contrition is merely a signal that another episode is on the way.
What we call contrition is often only imperfect contrition -- that is, sorrow for our sins because we fear their punishment in Hell or dread the loss of Heaven.
The word contrition itself in a moral sense is not of frequent occurrence in