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Usage examples for contrite

  1. Lulu had appeared in their midst, feeling humble and contrite, and had been conscience- smitten at sight of her mamma's pale face; but the sneer on Betty's face, the cold, averted looks of Edward and Zoe, and then Rosie's taunt roused her quick temper to almost a white heat. – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  2. Ben's contrite beard confessed. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  3. I was staring at the girl, seeing her smirk as she pulled the trigger on me, seeing her now with a contrite, scared expression. – Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
  4. Be humble, contrite, submissive, for that is only justice to the court. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. So he died delirious and contrite. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. But as it is, I implore my Maker to have mercy upon my poor soul, and trust through his great and boundless love that he will not judge me with rigour; feeling assured that Thou, oh my Saviour, hast promised pardon to all those who turn to Thee with humble and contrite hearts. – The Boy's Book of Heroes by Helena Peake
  7. She seemed contrite very still and timid, since that night of adventure. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. The ironic thing was, she was managing to look vaguely contrite- tugging at a lock of short hair. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. These are her words: " 'The thanks of a contrite heart for thy friendship. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  10. In time they were succeeded by an affectation of contrite apology and self- depreciation. – Frontier Stories by Bret Harte
  11. If you find her contrite and yielding, use your victory with moderation; and let her down easily from her giddy elevation of saintship to the sober, quiet, even path of rational religion, and domestic duty. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  12. Surely, when she saw his remorse, his contrite humbled spirit, understood his suffering and realized that he could not forget her, could not live without her, that he loved her still through all the years of suffering, that his life was irrevocably linked to hers, she would relent, forgive him- become his wife. – When Dreams Come True by Ritter Brown
  13. I am sure she had never done it before; and I know she would never have done it again, she was so truly contrite and nice about it. – The Inca of Perusalem by George Bernard Shaw
  14. You didn't seem all that contrite at the time. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  15. And then the contrite become the humble! – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  16. Here my Mind was turned toward Christ, the heavenly Counsellor; and I feeling, at this Time, my own Will subjected, my Heart was contrite before him. – John Woolman's Journal by John Woolman Commentator: Vida Scudder
  17. But otherwise, he had seen as many contrite faces at the Royal Chapel, as any where else: and why not? – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  18. Peter gave a contrite nod of the head, as one who knew all about it, for grandmamma had described his own feelings exactly. – Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  19. All this, with many contrite expressions, he wrote in his second despatch to Virginia. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. So he was very contrite as he entered the room in which his cousin was standing at the window. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
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