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- (Received Pronunciation)1 IPA(key): /kɒnˈtɹaɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation)2 IPA(key): /ˈkɒntɹaɪt/
- (US) IPA(key): /kənˈtɹaɪt/
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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.
1853, William Cowper, The Poetical Works of William Cowper, volume 3, Little, Brown & Co., page 9:
- The Lord will happiness divine / On contrite hearts bestow
- (obsolete) Thoroughly bruised or broken.
contrite (plural contrites)