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Definition feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

The expression, an act of contrition, refers to a prayer or other action taken due to a feeling of regret at having done wrong.
  • She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • Even after the jury found her guilty, she showed no sign of contrition.
  • contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • "I'm awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • contritely = with a feeling sorrow or regret for having done something wrong
  • "It was my fault," Rocher said, stepping forward, sounding contrite.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • contrite = feeling regret for a fault or offense
  • ...your evident contrition, and sense of shame; all lead me to believe that you might yet be reclaimed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • 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
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret (for a fault or offense)
  • 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
  • contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • 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
  • contrite = sorry (feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense)
  • He smiled, looking contrite, a kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • ...the tender sadness of a contrite heart, broken, at last, beneath its own weight of sin?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • Not once in the course of these proceedings did this man show the least contrition.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • Therefore, sire, your Majesty sees that they are come, quite contrite and repentant, to offer you their excuses.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • contrite = sorry for a fault
  • Contrition is the heavy and grievous sorrow that a man receiveth in his heart for his sins,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • he didn't look contrite or guilty,
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • I glare at Peeta and he tries to look contrite.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • contrite = sorry for his offense
  • Kate looked at the sand, contrite, and I almost regretted my sharpness.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • Aureliano scolded him like a child and he adopted a contrite air.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • He dipped his head and tried to look contrite.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • contrite = sorrowful for a fault or offense
  • 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
  • contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for an offense
  • For what it was worth, he seemed genuinely contrite.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
contrite = sorry for a fault or offense

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