AskDefine | Define contrition

Dictionary Definition

contrition n : sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation [syn: attrition, contriteness]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kənˈtɹɪʃən/, /k@n"trIS@n/


  1. The state of being contrite; sincere penitence or remorse; deep sorrow and repentance for sin either because sin is displeasing to God or arising from love of God; humble penitence through repentance.
  2. The act of grinding or rubbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing.

Extensive Definition

contrition in Lithuanian: Atgaila (krikščionybėje)
contrition in Portuguese: Contrição
contrition in Slovenian: Kesanje

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