Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt.
‘a broken and a contrite heart’
‘Prisons are designed to transform a regretted crime into contrite behavior through penalties and punishment.’
‘I know the members of the morning show are truly contrite.’
‘I will say that Dolly was contrite over the affair, almost apologetic in fact.’
‘She tried to ignore how adorable he looked, all contrite and repentant.’
‘There’s nothing wrong with putting your hand up, accepting that you’ve made a big mistake and saying sorry in an honest, contrite declaration.’
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