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ATTRITION

Imperfect contrition, which is sorrow for sin, based on faith, from motives that are self-interested and not the perfect love of God. (Etym. Latin ad, to + terere, to rub: attritio, rubbing, imperfect grinding; incomplete compunction of heart.)

See Also: IMPERFECT CONTRITION

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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