- 1The state of feeling remorseful and penitent: to show contrition for his crime he offered to do community serviceMore example sentences
- A double killer had shown no remorse or contrition for murdering two drug dealers in his home, a judge said yesterday as he imposed concurrent life sentences.
- It is beyond question that contrition or remorse are factors which will usually operate in the accused's favour; but not always.
- Mitigating factors relating to the offender may include: the offender's age; clear evidence or remorse or contrition; a timely plea of guilt.
- 1.1(In the Roman Catholic Church) the repentance of past sins during or after confession: prayers of contritionMore example sentences
- Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without Church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without contrition.
- It is not the same where confession and contrition are concerned; but satisfaction has to do with the exterior act, and here one can make use of instruments, a category under which friends are included.
- In Catholic theology, the requirements are: contrition, confession and satisfaction.
Middle English: via Old French from late Latin contritio(n-), from contrit- 'ground down', from the verb conterere (see contrite).