contrite

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French contrit, from Latin contritus.

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Adjective[edit]

contrite (comparative more contrite, superlative most contrite)

  1. Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one’s own actions; apologetic.
    • 1955, Joseph Heller, Catch-22[1], chapter 13, page 133:
      He greeted Milo jovially each time they met and, in an excess of contrite generosity, impulsively recommended Major Major for promotion. The recommendation was rejected at once at Twenty-seventh Air Force Headquarters by ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen, who scribbled a brusque, unsigned reminder that the Army had only one Major Major Major Major and did not intend to lose him by promotion just to please Colonel Cathcart.
    • 1853, William Cowper, The Poetical Works of William Cowper[2], volume 3, Little, Brown & Co., page 9:
      The Lord will happiness divine / On contrite hearts bestow
  2. (obsolete) Thoroughly bruised or broken.

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Noun[edit]

contrite (plural contrites)

  1. A contrite person; a penitent.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hooker to this entry?)

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

contrite f

  1. feminine form of contrit

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

contrite

  1. feminine plural of contrito

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

contrīte

  1. vocative masculine singular of contrītus