1. [syn: attrition, contrition, contriteness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contrition \Con*tri"tion\, n. [F. contrition, L. contritio.]
1. The act of grinding or ribbing to powder; attrition;
friction; rubbing. [Obs.]
The breaking of their parts into less parts by
contrition. --Sir I.
2. The state of being contrite; deep sorrow and repentance
for sin, because sin is displeasing to God; humble
penitence; through repentance.
My future days shall be one whole contrition.
Syn: repentance; penitence; humiliation; compunction;
Usage: Contrition, Attrition, repentance. -- Contrition
is deep sorrow and self-condemnation, with through
repetance for sin because it is displeasing to God,
and implies a feeling of love toward God. Attrition is
sorrow for sin, or imperfect repentance produced by
fear of punishment or a sense of the baseness of sin.
Repentance is a penitent renunciation of, and turning
from, sin; thorough repentance produces a new life.
Repentance is often used as synonymous with
contrition. See Compunction.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation [syn:
attrition, contrition, contriteness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
35 Moby Thesaurus words for "contrition":
abject apology, acknowledgment, apologies, apology, attrition,
ayenbite of inwit, bitterness, breast-beating, compunction,
confession, contriteness, excuse, grief, mea culpa, penance,
penitence, penitently, regret, regretfulness, regrets, regretting,
remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repentance,
repining, rue, ruth, shame, shamefacedness, shamefastness,
shamefulness, sorriness, sorrow, wistfulness