V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: feeling and displaying sincere regret or remorse for something

Synonyms: remorseful, regretful, apologetic, repentant, compunctious, penitent

Antonyms: unrepentant

Tips: Contrite is a more sophisticated way of describing feelings of regret. Contrition is a noun that means repentance, apology, or regret. In Catholicism, the act of contrition is the act of asking God to forgive your sins. Contrite is synonymous with penitent. See penitent for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

Many felt the politician's apology was not contrite enough and that he was only making the apology because he got caught. (repentant, regretful)

He sent his wife a bouquet of flowers as a show of contrition for arguing with her that morning. (apology, regret) noun

Anyone can make a mistake; it's those who are contrite about their errors who are forgiven. (remorseful, repentant)

Although I was angry at first, when I saw how contrite he was, I immediately forgave him. (apologetic, regretful)

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