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contrite Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    rueful; remorseful; ruthful.

Con"trite adjective
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.
Con"trite noun
  1. A contrite person. Hooker.
Con"trite verb
  1. In a contrite manner.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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