Pronunciation: (kun-trish'un), [key]
1. sincere penitence or remorse.
2. Theol.sorrow for and detestation of sin with a true purpose of amendment, arising from a love of God for His own perfections (perfect contrition), or from some inferior motive, as fear of divine punishment (imperfect contrition).
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