What does the word contrition mean?

Usage examples for contrition

  1. They did dance, sisters- I own it, with shame and contrition. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by 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 by Hamlin Garland
  3. Another flush- not of contrition this time nor yet of displeasure- deepened the pretty color. – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller