What does the word contrite mean?

Usage examples for contrite

  1. On the Monday, Mrs. Trevellyan, hoping to recover from her nervous attack more easily if she were out of sight of the sea, went away for a short visit to an inland watering- place, taking Ronnie and poor contrite Miss Herbert, who could not forgive herself for having allowed her young charge to run into danger. – The School by the Sea by Angela Brazil
  2. Leicester, upon the same occasion, addressed a letter to Burghley and Walsingham, expressing himself as became a crushed and contrite man, never more to raise his drooping head again, but warmly and manfully urging upon the attention of the English government- for the honour and interest of the Queen herself-" the miserable state of the poor soldiers." – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. The contrite Robb hangs his head. – The First Hundred Thousand by Ian Hay