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contrite
used in Hard Times

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Definition
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
  • "And I said, Miss;" here Sissy fairly sobbed as confessing with extreme contrition to her greatest error; "I said it was nothing."
    1.9 — Book 1 Chapter 9 — Sissy's Progress (38% in)
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Such little actions, slight in another man, were very noticeable in him; and his daughter received them as if they had been words of contrition.
    3.1 — Book 3 Chapter 1 — Another Thing Needful (42% in)
  • Since the Pegler affair, this gentlewoman had covered her pity for Mr. Bounderby with a veil of quiet melancholy and contrition.
    3.9 — Book 3 Chapter 9 — Final (11% in)

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