Part of speech: adjective
Expressing sorrow or an apology due to guilt
Describing a state of remorse or regret for a mistake or wrong
Examples of Contrite in a sentence
"I did my best to look contrite, hoping the punishment would be less severe."
"Melissa swore she felt truly contrite after her mistake, and we believed her."
A 'contrite spirit' is considered a virtue in many Christian faiths, describing someone who is willing to feel remorse for their sins and repent of them. Some repentant sinners are required to complete "acts of contrition" to show their remorse.
Did you Know?
Contrite has roots in a Latin word meaning "to bruise." A bruised ego or friendship might require an act of contrition to repair.