contrite (adj.) Look up contrite at
c. 1300, from Old French contrit and directly from Latin contritus, literally "worn out, ground to pieces," past participle of conterere "to grind," from com "with, together" (see com-) + terere "to rub" (from PIE root *tere- (1) "to rub, turn"). Used in English in figurative sense of "crushed in spirit by a sense of sin." Related: Contritely.