Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Broken in spirit under a sense of sin; penitent.

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Usage examples "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", 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", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. The contrite Robb hangs his head. - "The First Hundred Thousand", Ian Hay.