Con"trite [L. contritus bruised, p. p. of contrere to grind, bruise; con- + terere to rub, grind: cf. F. contrit See Trite.]


Thoroughly bruised or broken.



Broken down with grief and penitence; deeply sorrowful for sin because it is displeasing to God; humbly and thoroughly penitent.

A contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps. li. 17.

Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite. Milton.

Syn. -- Penitent; repentant; humble; sorrowful.


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Con"trite, n.

A contrite person.



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Con"trite, v.

In a contrite manner.


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