• WordNet 3.6
    • n contrition sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contrition The act of grinding or ribbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing. "The breaking of their parts into less parts by contrition ."
    • Contrition The state of being contrite; deep sorrow and repentance for sin, because sin is displeasing to God; humble penitence; through repentance. "My future days shall be one whole contrition ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contrition The act of grinding or rubbing to powder; attrition.
    • n contrition Brokenness of spirit for having given offense; deep sorrow for sin or guilt; pious compunction; sincere penitence.
    • n contrition Synonyms Penitence, Compunction, etc. See repentance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Contrition deep sorrow for sin: remorse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contrition, L. contritio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. contritusconter-ĕrecon, wholly, ter-ĕre, to bruise.


In literature:

That is, true contrition, true sorrow for sin, is the sort of sorrow which is born of the Vision of God; it has its origin in love.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
His face was all contrition.
"Personality Plus" by Edna Ferber
And he's most contrite and repentant, Kate.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
She was contrite, and her penitence intensified her desire to please, to solace, to obey.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
He behaved himself very soberly, quietly and with much seeming penitence and contrition.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
Contrition and woe took possession of Priscilla's soul.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
If Sanghurst had sought him with professions of contrition, might he not have easily been believed?
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
At Bob's comically contrite expression, his own face cleared.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
He knew very well that he had gone too far, and his voice was correctly contrite.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
The repentance of the contrite, or the admiration of the gazers?
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
At the young man's first contrite words Don Silverio stopped him with a kind smile.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
It is the consciousness that the ideal is the real which explains the fact of contrition.
"Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher" by Henry Jones
"Gifts of Genius" by Various
Little dependence can be placed on the contrition which never shows itself till every hope of life is gone.
"The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth" by Edward Osler
Has my heart been broken, contrite, and humble, under a sense of my sins against God?
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
"Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint's Writings" by Alexander Whyte
He was convinced of his having acted criminally, and died with marks of penitence and contrition.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The next morning the poor fellow appeared before his master with marks of great contrition.
"Irish Wit and Humor" by Anonymous
In the meantime Theophilus Stevens had stood surveying his daughter in contrition.
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
Blakely was not the only sufferer, and is not the only cause, of his deep contrition.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King

In poetry:

Christ is a Deity of wond'rous might,
Who pardon's ev'ry contrite sinner's vice,
Who our degenerate nature sets to right,
Who ruins Satan's labour in a trice.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
And for the sake of Jesus, God's own Heavens
Are softly set upon a thousand hinges
Of mercy, ever flexible, ever bowing
Flexible downward to the contrite ones.
"The Churchyard: Night The Third" by Thomas Aird
The sun and every vassal star,
All space, beyond the soar of angel wings,
Wait on His word: and yet He stays His car
For every sigh a contrite suppliant brings.
"Ascension Day" by John Keble
But knew you that this was an emblem of one
Whose bosom is clouded with sin,
Whom sorrow has veil'd with the tears of contrition,
And darken'd by tempests within.
"The Setting Sun" by Caroline Fry
Again was heartfelt silence for an hour;
Then one came in, whose voice well-known and dear
Brought prayer and counsel and the Word of power
The contrite love to hear.
"The Gate Of Death" by Samuel John Stone
Oh! thither turn thine eyes—nor let Despair,
With hand remorseless, quench that guiding ray,
Which holy Faith and pious Hope prepare
To cheer the contrite pilgrims weary way.
"To Adelina. Written while reading the Third Volume of Mrs Smith's 'Orphan of the Castle'" by Maria Logan

In news:

Contrite Aldon Smith regrets 'letting everybody down.
"He's really contrite ," Haden told the newspaper.
He's really contrite , Haden told the news.
A Time for Contrition .
Handling the public display of contrition .
With A Dash Of GOP Contrition , Jindal Stresses Small Government.
Glass's inadequacy on the contrition front rang as false as anything he's ever written.
The Associated Press is extremely contrite today for allowing the entire Internet to make fun of Mitt Romney.
Daybreak Daily's afternoon faux fascination with the pop-culture world finds a young woman defensive about her body, a seemingly contrite Lindsay Lohan, other things, and the mystery music video.
I knew that the proper order of prayer is ACTS: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication.
Convicted ex-governor's failure to apologize bodes ill for him at sentencing, but showing contrition now could be viewed as an act.
A contrite Justin Trudeau pushed back against criticism over comments he made about Alberta on.
Failing to be contrite about it, the Florida Board of Medicine made clear Saturday, is quite another.
P erhaps Mitt Romney played it right when he was meek and contrite in response to the Washington Post 's front-page allegations that he bullied a kid half a century ago in high school.
Far from exercising the corrective influence on offenders that many judges suppose will occur, publicly humiliating a person triggers anger, defiance and anti-social behavior — not repentance or contrition, studies show.