Definition of contritely in English:



  • See contrite

    • ‘If I have caused any embarrassment or distress to the parties concerned I unreservedly, sincerely and contritely apologise.’
    • ‘A man should pray with eyes fast-closed and head contritely bowed.’
    • ‘The lad's nationality had nothing to do with anything, a fact contritely conceded later by the person who made the first remark.’
    • ‘But as the firms began contritely co-operating with officials on settlements of the charges, investors responded rapidly.’
    • ‘There is usually a period of outright lying, followed by Harry contritely admitting that he has hit, kicked, pushed or thrown something at William.’