contrite ADJECTIVE feeling or expressing remorse.
DERIVATIVES contritely adverb contriteness noun contrition noun.
ORIGIN Latin contritus, from conterere 'grind down, wear away' .

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  • Contrite — Con trite (?; 277), a. [L. contritus bruised, p. p. of contrere to grind, bruise; con + terere to rub, grind: cf. F. contrit See {Trite}.] 1. Thoroughly bruised or broken. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Broken down with grief and penitence; deeply… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contrite — Con trite, n. A contrite person. Hooker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contrite — Con trite, v. In a contrite manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contrite — I adjective apologetic, broken in spirit, chastened, compunctious, conscience smitten, conscience stricken, desirous of forgiveness, full of regrets, full of remorse, guilty, humble, humbled, paenitet, penitent, penitential, regretful, regretting …   Law dictionary

  • contrite — c.1300, from O.Fr. contrit and directly from L. contritus, lit. worn out, ground to pieces, pp. of conterere to grind, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + terere to rub (see THROW (Cf. throw)). Used in English in figurative sense of …   Etymology dictionary

  • contrite — [adj] regretful apologetic, attritional, chastened, compunctious, conscience stricken, humble, penitent, penitential, remorseful, repentant, sorrowful, sorry; concept 403 Ant. hurtful, indifferent, mean, unrepentant …   New thesaurus

  • contrite — [kən trīt′, kän′trīt΄] adj. [ME contrit < OFr < LL(Ec) contritus, lit., worn out, ground to pieces, pp. of L conterere, to grind < com , together + terere, to rub: see THROW] 1. feeling contrition; repentant 2. showing or resulting from… …   English World dictionary

  • contrite — adjective Etymology: Middle English contrit, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin contritus, from Latin, past participle of conterere to grind, bruise, from com + terere to rub more at throw Date: 14th century feeling or showing sorrow and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • contrite — [[t]kəntra͟ɪt, kɒ̱ntraɪt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If you are contrite, you are very sorry because you have done something wrong. [FORMAL] She was instantly contrite. Oh, I am sorry! You must forgive me. Syn: sorry Derived words: contrition …   English dictionary

  • contrite — /kənˈtraɪt / (say kuhn truyt), /ˈkɒntraɪt / (say kontruyt) adjective 1. broken in spirit by a sense of guilt; penitent: *She seemed altogether humble and contrite, small, even hunched, she who had been proud, on her powerful horse. –patrick white …  

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