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  • She apologized, but didn’t seem genuinely contrite.
  • Even after the jury found her guilty, she showed no sign of contrition.
  • "I’m awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • "It was my fault," Rocher said, stepping forward, sounding contrite.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • ...your evident contrition, and sense of shame; all lead me to believe that you might yet be reclaimed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Instead of hating you I could, I think, mourn for and pity you, if you were contrite, and would confess all.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Alas! my very dear brother, I should like to settle down to a better life. I come to you full of contrition, I am penitent. I make my confession.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Perhaps she too would have reacted like her mother, unable to restrain the impulse to scold until the child acted beaten and contrite.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • He smiled, looking contrite, a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Not once in the course of these proceedings did this man show the least contrition.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • Therefore, sire, your Majesty sees that they are come, quite contrite and repentant, to offer you their excuses.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • ...the tender sadness of a contrite heart, broken, at last, beneath its own weight of sin?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • I glare at Peeta and he tries to look contrite.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He dipped his head and tried to look contrite.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Contrite, he copped a plea to a single felony count and ... began serving a four-month sentence in Sioux Falls.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • For what it was worth, he seemed genuinely contrite.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • Contrition is the heavy and grievous sorrow that a man receiveth in his heart for his sins,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • The other half told me to shut up, told me to smile, told me to find a hint of contrition and agree, "You’re right, Mom, some of my choices haven’t been the best lately."
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Aureliano scolded him like a child and he adopted a contrite air.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Seeing that he really was out of temper, Jo, who knew how to manage him, assumed a contrite expression, and going artistically down upon her knees, said meekly, "Please forgive me for being so cross."
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Kate looked at the sand, contrite, and I almost regretted my sharpness.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • he didn’t look contrite or guilty,
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • She didn’t feel he was sufficiently contrite.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He cast a despondent, contrite glance toward Mariam, then his mother.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • come with a broken spirit! come with a contrite heart! come in your rags and sin and dirt! the waters that cleanse is free, the door of heaven stands open—
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The police brought the somewhat contrite young men and the dead couple’s five-year-old orphan boy before my grandfather, who was a highly regarded judge
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "I’m sorry you lost your rocket stuff," he told me, truly contrite.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a guilty one.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Cullivan probed, trying to gauge the depth of what he assumed would be Perry’s contrition.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Clayton shuffled his feet, trying to look contrite.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • By now, her raging child had turned into a contrite little girl again.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • In the warmth of true contrition, she would call upon her the very next morning, and it should be the beginning, on her side, of a regular, equal, kindly intercourse.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • But Mr. Emerson, contrite and unhappy, hurried away to apologize to...
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Nathaniel finally brings his head up and there’s a hint of contrition in his eye.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • All at once he becomes miserably contrite.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • ...though nothing in her demeanor expressed contrition.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Simon’s contrite face appeared in the hole.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • And Ruthie was instantly contrite.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He looked contrite.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • August is agitated and desperate, moving from window to window, hauling himself up by his fingertips, weeping, oozing contrition.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • he was standing up strongly with contrite heart,
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite,
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • ...and started an act of contrition racing in it, "Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee who art worthy of all my love—"
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Francie was instantly contrite.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • he heard his own voice full of the quietude of humility and contrition.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Henchard, in a state of bitter anxiety and contrition, determined to seek Farfrae himself.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "And I said, Miss;" here Sissy fairly sobbed as confessing with extreme contrition to her greatest error; "I said it was nothing."
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • She had experienced it twice herself, during her own engagements—this vague contrition and doubt.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He was instantly contrite.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • That’s when I’m feeling contrite.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
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