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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contrite mean? 

CONTRITE (adjective)
  The adjective CONTRITE has 2 senses:

1. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
2. feeling regret for a fault or offence

  Familiarity information: CONTRITE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONTRITE (adjective)

Sense 1contrite [BACK TO TOP]


Feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses


contrite; remorseful; rueful; ruthful


penitent; repentant (feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds)

Sense 2contrite [BACK TO TOP]


Feeling regret for a fault or offence


apologetic; excusatory (offering or expressing apology)

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