/keuhn trish"euhn/, n.
1. sincere penitence or remorse.
2. Theol. sorrow for and detestation of sin with a true purpose of amendment, arising from a love of God for His own perfections (perfect contrition), or from some inferior motive, as fear of divine punishment (imperfect contrition).
[1250-1300; ME contricio(u)n ( < AF) < LL contrition- (s. of contritio). See CONTRITE, -ION]
Syn. 1. compunction, regret.

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