Part of speech: noun

Sincere sorrow for sin; repentance. contriteness.

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Usage examples "contrition":

  1. They did dance, sisters- I own it, with shame and contrition. - "Phemie Frost's Experiences", Ann S. Stephens.
  2. He now saw the folly of his action, and took an unexpected way of showing his contrition. - "Victor Ollnee's Discipline", Hamlin Garland.
  3. Another flush- not of contrition this time nor yet of displeasure- deepened the pretty color. - "The House of Toys", Henry Russell Miller.