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Meaning of CONTRITE

Pronunciation:  kun'trIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  feeling regret for a fault or offence
  2. [adj]  feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

CONTRITE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: apologetic, penitent, remorseful, repentant, rueful, ruthful, sorry



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.]
    2. Broken down with grief and penitence; deeply sorrowful for
       sin because it is displeasing to God; humbly and
       thoroughly penitent.
             A contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
                                                   --Ps. li. 17.
             Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite. --Milton.
    Syn: Penitent; repentant; humble; sorrowful.
  2. \Con"trite\, n.
    A contrite person. --Hooker.
  3. \Con"trite\, v.
    In a contrite manner.