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contrite

con·trite

contrite

 
pronunciation:
kn traIt [or] kan traIt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: feeling deep guilt for one's wrongdoing or shortcoming and desiring to make amends for it; remorseful; repentant.
He was contrite when he returned, and he begged for her forgiveness.
synonyms:
compunctious, guilty, penitent, remorseful, repentant
similar words:
mortified, regretful, rueful, sorry
definition 2: resulting from or expressing remorse.
a contrite apology
synonyms:
remorseful, repentant
similar words:
apologetic, rueful
derivations: contritely (adv.), contriteness (n.)
Word Parts
The word contrite contains the following parts:
trit Latin root that means friction, wearing away
-ite1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means in a state or condition (produced by the action denoted by the verb base)
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The suffix -ite1 attaches to Latin roots, as most English adjectives ending in -ite1 are loanwords from Latin, specifically from past participles of verbs formed with the suffix -itus.