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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: contrit, from Latin, past participle of conterere 'to rub together, bruise', from com- ( COM-) + terere 'to rub'

contrite

adjective
     
con‧trite formal
feeling guilty and sorry for something bad that you have done:
a contrite apology
contritely adverb
contrition noun [uncountable]

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