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contrition


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
  Newton. 
 
  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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  repentance;  penitence;  humiliation;  compunction; 
  self-reproach;  remorse. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contrition 
  n  :  sorrow  for  sin  arising  from  fear  of  damnation  [syn:  {attrition}, 
  {contriteness}] 




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