- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kənˈtɹaɪt/, /ˈkɒnˌtɹaɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /kənˈtɹaɪt/, /ˈkɑnˌtɹaɪt/
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- Rhymes: -aɪt
- Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one’s own actions; apologetic.
1955, Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 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.
- (obsolete) Thoroughly bruised or broken.
contrite (plural contrites)
- A contrite person; a penitent.
a. 1600, Richard Hooker [uncertain], “Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie”, in The Works of Mr. Richard Hooker, London: J. Best, published 1662, book VI, page 178:
- Secondly, that even where contrition or inward repentance doth cleanſe without abſolution ; the reaſon why it cometh ſo to paſs, is, becauſe ſuch contrites intend and deſire Abſolution, though they have it not.