Today’s Word of the Day for January 24th, 2018, is “contrite.” Contrite(KAHN-tytre) is an adjective, and it means, “feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or outcome.” Did you know A person who is contrite may have rubbed someone the wrong way and caused bruised feelings—and there is a hint about the origins of the word in that thought. Contrite came to English by way of Anglo-French from the Latin verb conterere, meaning "to grind" or "to bruise." Conterere, in turn, was formed by combining the prefix com-, meaning "with" or "together," and terere, "to rub." If you've guessed that trite is a cousin of contrite (through terere), you are correct. Other terere descendants in English include detriment and very possibly the familiar verb try. An example of the word used in a sentence is, "… York did in fact say he was sorry and was contrite about making that mistake."