Definition of act of contrition in English:

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act of contrition

Pronunciation: /ˌakt əv kənˈtriSH(ə)n/


1(In the Roman Catholic Church) a penitential prayer.
Example sentences
  • Faustus considers the acts of contrition, prayer, and repentance, and concludes that they are merely foolishness.
  • When we say the act of contrition, at least the old act of contrition, in the Catholic Church, we say, ‘I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life, amen.’
  • We will have to listen to what our critics are saying and not just dismiss them out of hand, and sometime we may even have to offer an act of contrition.
1.1Something done to make amends for an offense.
Example sentences
  • From the FAA's point of view, the very process of filing the report is considered an act of contrition by the pilot.
  • There is, of course, a tradition of public acts of contrition.
  • She would be applauded by the Irish people for making such an act of contrition on their behalf.

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Syllabification: act of con·tri·tion

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