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adjective as in regretful

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Now in his 40s, Joseph is not just contrite, but also, by all accounts, reformed.

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Yarrow told me that the past outcries have prompted him to become more introspective, contrite, and make a concerted effort to model better behavior.

After further reflection, and no doubt pressure from parents, Olsen issued a more contrite statement on Facebook.

But let's put partisan spin aside and accept Christie's contrite denials of personal knowledge at face value.

And, while contrite, she very coolly shrugged her shoulders over the whole thing.

He is unfailingly polite and contrite, still slightly awkward with the artifice of campaigning after all these years.

Is he going to be contrite in the way that some people would like him to be contrite?

But to whom shall I have respect, but to him that is poor and little, and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my words?

"These must be the legacy to our children," was the reply, in a grave and almost contrite tone.

That we may find thy mercy: nevertheless, in a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted.

She stood now before Kitty of "a humble and a contrite heart," and made no reply at all to the implied challenge.

I ought to add that he has tried to make reparation, and is apparently contrite to the limit of his penitential capacity.


On this page you'll find 28 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to contrite, such as: apologetic, humble, remorseful, repentant, sorry, and attritional.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.