Act of contrition

What is Act of contrition?

Act of contrition definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.
the process of doing: caught in the act.

a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress.
an instrument or document stating something done or transacted.
one of the main divisions of a play or opera: the second act of Hamlet.
a short performance by one or more entertainers, usually part of a variety show or radio or television program.
the personnel of such a group: The act broke up after 30 years.
false show; pretense; feint: The politician’s pious remarks were all an act.
Philosophy. (in scholasticism) activity in process; operation. the principle or power of operation. form as determining essence. a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality.

verb (used without object)
to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: He acted promptly in the emergency.
to reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter: I am required to act before noon tomorrow.

to operate or function in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as manager.
to produce an effect; perform a function: The medicine failed to act.
to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion: to act well under all conditions.
to pretend; feign: Act interested even if you’re bored.
to perform as an actor: He acted in three plays by MoliA?re.
to be capable of being performed: His plays don’t act well.
to serve or substitute (usually followed by for): In my absence the assistant manager will act for me.

verb (used with object)
to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one’s person: to act Macbeth.
to feign; counterfeit: to act outraged virtue.

to behave as: He acted the fool.
Obsolete. to actuate.

Verb Phrases
act on/upon, to act in accordance with; follow: He acted on my advice. to have an effect on; affect: The stirring music acted on the emotions of the audience.

act out, to demonstrate or illustrate by pantomime or by words and gestures: The party guests acted out stories for one another.Psychology. to give overt expression to (repressed emotions or impulses) without insightful understanding: The patients acted out early traumas by getting angry with the analyst.

act up, to fail to function properly; malfunction: The vacuum cleaner is acting up again. to behave willfully: The children always act up in school the day before a holiday. to become painful or troublesome, especially after a period of improvement or remission: My arthritis is acting up again this morning.

get/have one’s act together, Informal. to organize one’s time, job, resources, etc., so as to function efficiently: The new administration is still getting its act together.