contrite

  • 1Contrite — 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… …

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  • 2Contrite — Con trite, n. A contrite person. Hooker. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3Contrite — Con trite, v. In a contrite manner. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4contrite — 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 …

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  • 5contrite — 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 …

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  • 6contrite — [adj] regretful apologetic, attritional, chastened, compunctious, conscience stricken, humble, penitent, penitential, remorseful, repentant, sorrowful, sorry; concept 403 Ant. hurtful, indifferent, mean, unrepentant …

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  • 7contrite — ► 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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  • 8contrite — [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… …

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  • 9contrite — 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… …

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  • 10contrite — [[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 …

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  • 11contrite — /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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  • 12contrite — contritely, adv. contriteness, n. /keuhn truyt , kon truyt/, adj. 1. caused by or showing sincere remorse. 2. filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner. [1300 50; ME contrit ( < AF) < L contritus worn&#8230; …

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  • 13contrite — ● contrit, contrite adjectif (bas latin contritus, de tritus, broyé) Littéraire. Qui se repent d une faute : Être contrit d avoir commis une maladresse. Qui marque le repentir, le regret : Un air contrit …

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  • 14contrite — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. penitent, sorry (see penitence). Ant., unrepentant, obdurate. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. repentant, regretful, humbled, remorseful; see ashamed , sorry 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)&#8230; …

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  • 15contrite — con|trite [ˈkɔntraıt US ˈka:n ] adj formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: contrit, from Latin, past participle of conterere to rub together, bruise , from com ( COM ) + terere to rub ] feeling guilty and sorry for something bad that you&#8230; …

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  • 16contrite — adjective feeling guilty and sorry for something bad that you have done: her contrite expression contritely adverb contrition noun (U) …

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  • 17contrite — adjective Joey was so contrite we had to conceal our amusement Syn: remorseful, repentant, penitent, regretful, sorry, apologetic, rueful, sheepish, hangdog, ashamed, chastened, shamefaced, conscience stricken, guilt ridden …

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  • 18contrite — con•trite [[t]kənˈtraɪt, ˈkɒn traɪt[/t]] adj. 1) caused by or showing sincere remorse 2) filled with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement; penitent: a contrite sinner[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; ME contrit (&LT; AF) &LT; L contrītus worn&#8230; …

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  • 19contrite — adj. 1 completely penitent. 2 feeling remorse or penitence; affected by guilt. 3 (of an action) showing a contrite spirit. Derivatives: contritely adv. contriteness n. Etymology: ME f. OF contrit f. L contritus bruised (as COM , terere trit rub) …

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  • 20contrite — adjective /kɒnˈtɹaɪt,ˈkɒntɹaɪt,kənˈtɹɑɪt/ Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one’s own actions; apologetic. Syn: apologetic Ant: attrite …

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