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contrite

Theol remorseful for past sin and resolved to avoid future sin
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I'm so frightened!" feigned to be in a paroxysm of terror and contrition, occasioned by the dignity of my appearance.
And, even although surprised, and, to a certain extent, detected, Albert Malvoisin listened with such respect and apparent contrition to the rebuke of his Superior, and made such haste to reform the particulars he censured, succeeded, in fine, so well in giving an air of ascetic devotion to a family which had been lately devoted to license and pleasure, that Lucas Beaumanoir began to entertain a higher opinion of the Preceptor's morals, than the first appearance of the establishment had inclined him to adopt.
A large and still increasing family, an husband disabled for active service, but not the less equal to company and good liquor, and a very small income to supply their wants, made her eager to regain the friends she had so carelessly sacrificed; and she addressed Lady Bertram in a letter which spoke so much contrition and despondence, such a superfluity of children, and such a want of almost everything else, as could not but dispose them all to a reconciliation.
I could see by the expression of the old man's face that my words had hurt him; but I noticed that he didn't offer to get in himself, and so I felt less contrition than I might otherwise.
Too much of baseness already lay at the threshold of his conscience for him ever to hope entirely to redeem himself; but in the first, sudden burst of contrition the man conceived an honest intention to undo, in so far as lay within his power, the evil that his criminal avarice had brought upon this sweet and unoffending woman.
It might have been better to await a change in the PS5 or PS10 note that would have given much greater exposure to this gesture of public contrition for the appalling treatment he endured.
Jon Lansman, the founder of the hard left Momentum group, said Mr Williamson had not shown "one iota of contrition" after saying the party had been "too apologetic" in the face of criticism of the way it dealt with anti-Semitism within its ranks.
Reports have earlier revealed that the families of suspects have bene pressurizing the victim's parents to drop their allegations and wrap the case through acts of contrition.
On the other hand, reports have revealed that the families of suspects have bene pressurizing the victim's parents to drop their allegations and wrap the case through acts of contrition.
With Dela Rosa running for a Senate seat under the administration ticket in May, Pabillo wondered if abolishing the police 'Oplan Tokhang' antidrug campaign would be one of the candidate's platforms to show contrition.