English/Spanish Cognate of the Day

English

contrite adj.- feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt.

Spanish

contrito

Etymology

1300, from Old French contrit and directly from Latin contritus, literally “worn out, ground to pieces,” past participle of conterere “to grind,” from com- “together” (see com-) + terere “to rub” (see throw (v.)). Used in English in figurative sense of “crushed in spirit by a sense of sin.”

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English

contrition n.- the state of feeling remorseful and penitent

Spanish

contrición

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