What does contrition mean?

Definitions for contritionkənˈtrɪʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. attrition, contrition, contriteness(noun)

    sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation


  1. contrition(Noun)

    The state of being contrite; sincere penitence or remorse.

  2. contrition(Noun)

    The act of grinding or rubbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing.

  3. Origin: Ultimately from contritio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contrition(noun)

    the act of grinding or ribbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing

  2. Contrition(noun)

    the state of being contrite; deep sorrow and repentance for sin, because sin is displeasing to God; humble penitence; through repentance


  1. Contrition

    Contrition or contriteness is sincere and complete remorse for sins one has committed. The remorseful person is said to be contrite. It is a key concept to Christianity. Through Christ, who is the mediator between God and man in Christian belief, contrition becomes the first step towards reconciliation with God. In the Catholic Church, ordinarily absolution of sins occurs in confession to a priest of the Church; however, Protestantism, a religious movement which formed in the 16th century after breaking away from the Catholic Church, does not see confession to a catholic priest as necessary for forgiveness, while both the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations see contrition as the first step of forgiveness of sins. It is regarded as a prerequisite to divine forgiveness. Its elements comprise of hatred and regret for ones sin, a desire for God over sin, and faith in Christ's atonement on the cross and its sufficiency for salvation. Exhortations to the value and necessity for repentance are quite common: "I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live"; "...But unless you repent, you too will perish.". At times this repentance includes exterior acts of satisfaction; it always implies a recognition of wrong done to God, a detestation of the evil wrought, and a desire to turn from evil and do good. This is clearly expressed in Psalm 51:


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrition in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contrition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Weekly Standard Steve Hayes:

    This explains the shift from defiance to contrition, it's totally contrived, she doesn't mean a word of it.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    Clinton’s contrition, and her getting emotional when talking about Hillary Clinton late mother, followed Hillary Clinton declining twice in four days to publicly apologize. What I did was allowed.

  3. Matt Smith:

    These men expressed contrition for what they said was a mistake, but meanwhile extremists like Wirathu have incited violence in the name of Buddhism and publicly attacked a senior U.N. official with truly offensive remarks.

  4. Onita Estes-Hicks:

    Those were some very serious statements of remembrance and contrition, i could see a lot of the descendants were in tears. This is all new territory. It's moving something around in American history, in family history and in ourselves.

  5. Matt Cartwright:

    Plausible deniability only works when it's plausible and I'm not buying that you didn't know about any of this until October 2015, you were not in a medically induced coma for a year and I've had about enough of your false contrition and your phony apologies.

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