adjective satellite feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
rueful; remorseful; ruthful.
bruised, p. p. of contrere
to grind, bruise; con-
to rub, grind: cf. F. contrit
- Thoroughly bruised or broken. Obs.
- 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.
Syn. -- Penitent; repentant; humble; sorrowful.
- A contrite person.
- In a contrite manner.
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