contrite Definition

feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt.

Using contrite: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "contrite" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She was contrite and apologized for her mistake.

  • Example

    He was contrite about his past behavior.

  • Example

    The defendant appeared contrite during the trial.

  • Example

    She showed a contrite attitude towards her parents.

contrite Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for contrite

Phrases with contrite

  • to feel remorseful or guilty about something


    He felt contrite after realizing the impact of his actions.

  • a sincere and repentant heart


    He prayed with a contrite heart, asking for forgiveness.

  • a humble and repentant spirit


    She approached the situation with a contrite spirit, willing to make amends.

Origins of contrite

from Latin 'contritus', meaning 'worn out' or 'crushed'


Summary: contrite in Brief

'Contrite' [kənˈtraɪt] is an adjective that describes feeling or expressing remorse or penitence, often due to guilt. It can be used to describe a person's attitude or behavior, as in 'She was contrite and apologized for her mistake.' 'Contrite' can also be used in phrases like 'feel contrite,' which means to feel guilty or remorseful, and 'contrite heart,' which refers to a sincere and repentant heart.