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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."

About Contrite

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.

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