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English definition of “contrite”

contrite

adjective     /ˈkən.traɪt/ US  /ˈkɑːn-/ formal
feeling very sorry and guilty for something bad that you have done: a contrite apology/expressionSadness and regret contritely     /-li/ adverb contrition     /-ˈtrɪʃ.ən/ noun [U]
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