Meaning of “contrite” in the English Dictionary

"contrite" in British English

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contriteadjective

uk /kənˈtraɪt/ us /ˈkɑːn.traɪt/ formal
contritely
adverb uk /kənˈtraɪt.li/ us /ˈkɑːn.traɪt.li/
contrition
noun [ U ] uk /kənˈtrɪʃ.ən/ us /kɑːnˈtrɪʃ.ən/

(Definition of “contrite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contrite" in American English

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contriteadjective

us /ˈkɑn·trɑɪt, kənˈtrɑɪt/

feeling regret and guilt for something bad that you have done:

She seemed genuinely contrite when she apologized.
contrition
noun [ U ] us /kənˈtrɪʃ·ən/

Some of the worst offenders expressed contrition.

(Definition of “contrite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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