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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·tri·tion /kənˈtrɪʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tri·tion n.
 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.   --Dryden.
 Syn: -- repentance; penitence; humiliation; compunction; self-reproach; remorse.
 Usage: -- 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation [syn: attrition,