In stark contrast to Mao Zedong, who insisted Genghis was only fit to fire arrows at birds, communist officials and historians now say he represents the essence of new China – a unifying force for a strident land of many ethnic minorities.
Madoff: …for which I am so deeply sorry and ashamed.
Migrants are escaping the Syrian war only to arrive in eastern Europe wearing flip-flops as the region prepares for snow. Winter temperatures are causing hypothermia and respiratory conditions among the weary travellers 冬季氣溫是造成體溫過低和呼吸等健康狀況不良.
Translation: Actually, I’m mainly just really, really embarrassed. But contrition and shame are obviously required for a villain of my stature.
In the 45-minute telephone interview Thursday night, Ms. Stone was at first strident and then contrite about her remarks. She insisted her comments in Cannes had been taken out of context. She also said that she resisted Dior’s efforts at damage control, and that the apology issued in her name distorted her words. Sharon Stone:50, Stone and Dior Differ Over Apology
strident (FORCEFUL) adjective
expressing or expressed in forceful language which does not try to avoid upsetting other people:
a strident newspaper article
They are becoming increasingly strident in their criticism of government economic policy.
She has always stridently denied the accusations against her.
He is stridently opposed to abortion.
As the situation becomes more desperate, there is a growing stridency in the appeals for aid.
feeling great regret and guilt for something bad that you have done:
a contrite apology/expression
noun [U] FORMAL