con·trite (kən-trīt, kŏntrīt′)
1. Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
2. Arising from or expressing contrition: contrite words.
[Middle English contrit, from Latin contrītus, past participle of conterere, to crush : com-, com- + terere, to grind; see terə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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