Syn. — Penitent; repentant; humble; sorrowful.

(Con"trite), n. A contrite person. Hooker.

(Con"trite), v. In a contrite manner.

(Con"trite`ness), n. Deep sorrow and penitence for sin; contrition.

(Con*tri"tion) n. [F. contrition, L. contritio.]

1. The act of grinding or ribbing to powder; attrition; friction; rubbing. [Obs.]

The breaking of their parts into less parts by contrition.
Sir I. Newton.

2. The state of being contrite; deep sorrow and repentance for sin, because sin is displeasing to God; humble penitence; through repentance.

My future days shall be one whole contrition.

Syn. — repentance; penitence; humiliation; compunction; self-reproach; remorse. — Contrition, Attrition, repentance. — Contrition is deep sorrow and self-condemnation, with through repetance for sin because it is displeasing to God, and implies a feeling of love toward God. Attrition is sorrow for sin, or imperfect repentance produced by fear of punishment or a sense of the baseness of sin. Repentance is a penitent renunciation of, and turning from, sin; thorough repentance produces a new life. Repentance is often used as synonymous with contrition. See Compunction.

(Con*trit"u*rate) v. t. To triturate; to pulverize. [R.]

(Con*triv"a*ble) a. Capable of being contrived, planned, invented, or devised.

A perpetual motion may seem easily contrivable.
Bp. Wilkins.

(Con*triv"ance) n.

1. The act or faculty of contriving, inventing, devising, or planning.

The machine which we are inspecting demonstrates, by its construction, contrivance and design. Contrivance must have had a contriver.

2. The thing contrived, invented, or planned; disposition of parts or causes by design; a scheme; plan; artifice; arrangement.

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.

Syn. — Device; plan; scheme; invention; machine; project; design; artifice; shift. See Device.

(Con*trive") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contrived ; p. pr. & vb. n. Contriving.] [OE. contriven, contreven, controven, to invent, OF. controver, contruver; con- + trouver to find. See Troubadour, trover.] To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.

What more likely to contrive this admirable frame of the universe than infinite wisdom.

neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life.

Syn. — To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot; concert; hatch.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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