contriteness contriteness

Definition(s):

  • (n) sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Hatch was satisfied with Clinton's contriteness, but it was the Starr part that got him blustering like a blunderbuss.
  2. On both programs, he fended off his inquisitors with elliptical candor, contriteness and stock answers that sometimes strained credibility.

Quotes

  1. "Contriteness implies that you've done something wrong for which you need to apologize or atone," Ezra Levant said moments before his 90-minute meeting with the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission in Calgary.
    on Jan 11, 2008 By: Ezra Levant Source: National Post

  2. "When I was premier, I could hardly sleep, let alone laugh and joke as if nothing was going on. If a person has no sense of responsibility, contriteness or empathy, he should not be in that position," Hsieh said.
    on Sep 5, 2008 By: Frank Hsieh Source: Taipei Times

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