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contrite

Theol remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
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It is increasingly difficult for political leaders to maintain that they did not know, or persuasively to plead contritely after the tragic fact that they, like Clinton, "did not fully appreciate" an "unimaginable terror.
Chopper (18) Blackly comic biopic of best-selling Aussie author and the country's most notorious criminal, Chopper Read, a man who'd stab someone to death and then contritely apologise as the blood flowed and who had his own ears razored off in order to get a prison transfer.
At the end of the narrative, her surplus is contained: with her husband looking on, she contritely shakes her head to indicate that she will forego her artistic pursuits.
Or at least I presume the Beeb begrudgingly broadcast ITV's motor racing bigwigs contritely going up to collect their prize.
William Coulson, a Catholic assistant to Rogers in the above program, contritely admitted, "It took about a year and a half to destroy the order.
but she stopped herself from arguing, and said contritely, "OK, they're on.
I have learned far more from the people of South East Wales than they have learned from me, " he added, contritely.
It sets the quirky, blackly comic tone and provides an instant thumbnail of the man who can viciously stab a rival inmate and then contritely apologise as he lies dying.
We don't really want to cut social welfare programs,'' they stated contritely.