Contrition

Definition of Contrition

Con`tri´tion
n.1.The act of grinding or ribbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing.
The breaking of their parts into less parts by contrition.
- Sir I. Newton.
2.The state of being contrite; deep sorrow and repentance for sin, because sin is displeasing to God; humble penitence; through repentance.
My future days shall be one whole contrition.
- Dryden.

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abject apology, acknowledgment, apologies, apology, attrition, ayenbite of inwit, bitterness, breast-beating, compunction, confession, contriteness, excuse, mea culpa, penance, penitence, penitently, regretfulness, regrets, regretting, remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repentance, repining, rue, ruth, shame, shamefacedness, shamefastness, shamefulness, sorriness, sorrow, wistfulness
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