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Contrite vs. Sorry

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Contriteadjective

Sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one’s own actions; apologetic.

Sorryadjective

(of a person) Regretful for an action; grieved or saddened, especially by the loss of something or someone.

‘I am sorry I stepped on your toes. It was an accident.’; ‘I am sorry to hear of your uncle's death.’;

Contriteadjective

(obsolete) Thoroughly bruised or broken.

Sorryadjective

Poor, sad or regrettable.

‘The storm left his garden in a sorry state.’;

Contritenoun

A contrite person; a penitent.

Sorryadjective

Pathetic and inferior to the point of causing others disgust.

‘Bob is a sorry excuse for a football player.’;

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Contriteadjective

Thoroughly bruised or broken.

Sorryinterjection

Expresses regret, remorse, or sorrow.

‘Sorry! I didn't see that you were on the phone.’;

Contriteadjective

Broken down with grief and penitence; deeply sorrowful for sin because it is displeasing to God; humbly and thoroughly penitent.

‘A contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.’; ‘Be penitent, and for thy fault contrite.’;

Sorryinterjection

Used as a request for someone to repeat something not heard or understood clearly.

‘Sorry? What was that? The phone cut out.’;

Contritenoun

A contrite person.

Sorryinterjection

Used to correct oneself in speech.

‘There are four — sorry, five — branches of the store locally.’;

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Contriteverb

In a contrite manner.

Sorrynoun

The act of saying sorry; an apology.

Contriteadjective

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

Sorryadjective

Grieved for the loss of some good; pained for some evil; feeling regret; - now generally used to express light grief or affliction, but formerly often used to express deeper feeling.

‘Ye were made sorry after a godly manner.’; ‘I am sorry for thee, friend; 't is the duke's pleasure.’; ‘She entered, were he lief or sorry.’;

Contriteadjective

feeling regret for a fault or offence

Sorryadjective

Melancholy; dismal; gloomy; mournful.

‘All full of chirking was this sorry place.’;

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Sorryadjective

Poor; mean; worthless; as, a sorry excuse.

‘Cheeks of sorry grain will serve.’; ‘Good fruit will sometimes grow on a sorry tree.’;

Sorryadjective

keenly sorry or regretful;

‘felt bad about letting the team down’; ‘was sorry that she had treated him so badly’; ‘felt bad about breaking the vase’;

Sorryadjective

feeling or expressing sorrow or pity;

‘a pitying observer threw his coat around her shoulders’; ‘let him perish without a pitying thought of ours wasted upon him’;

Sorryadjective

having regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone;

‘felt regretful over his vanished youth’; ‘regretful over mistakes she had made’;

Sorryadjective

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

Sorryadjective

bad; unfortunate;

‘my finances were in a deplorable state’; ‘a lamentable decision’; ‘her clothes were in sad shape’; ‘a sorry state of affairs’;

Sorryadjective

depressing in character or appearance;

‘drove through dingy streets’; ‘the dismal prison twilight’; ‘drab old buildings’; ‘a dreary mining town’; ‘gloomy tenements’; ‘sorry routine that follows on the heels of death’;

Sorryadjective

without merit;

‘a sorry horse’; ‘a sorry excuse’; ‘a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick’; ‘the car was a no-good piece of junk’;

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