Definition of contrite adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtraɪt//
, also BrE//ˈkɒntraɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtraɪt//
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very sorry for something bad that you have done Her expression was contrite. He looked so contrite that for a moment she nearly believed he really was sorry about what he had said. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French contrit, from Latin contritus, past participle of conterere ‘grind down, wear away’, from con- ‘together’ + terere ‘rub’.
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