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pen·i·ten·tial

 (pĕn′ĭ-tĕn′shəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or expressing penitence.
2. Of or relating to penance.
n.
1. A book or set of church rules concerning the sacrament of penance.
2. A penitent.

pen′i·ten′tial·ly adv.

penitential

(ˌpɛnɪˈtɛnʃəl)
adj
of, showing, or constituting penance
n
1. (Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church a book or compilation of instructions for confessors
2. a less common word for penitent2, penitent3
ˌpeniˈtentially adv

pen•i•ten•tial

(ˌpɛn ɪˈtɛn ʃəl)

adj.
of, pertaining to, proceeding from, or expressive of penitence or repentance.
[1500–10; < Late Latin paenitentiālis. See penitence, -al1]
pen`i•ten′tial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.penitential - showing or constituting penance; "penitential tears"; "wrote a penitential letter apologizing for her hasty words"
penitent, repentant - feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

penitential

adjective
Feeling or expressing regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
Translations

penitential

[ˌpenɪˈtenʃəl] ADJpenitencial

penitential

adjreuevoll, reumütig, reuig; (Eccl) → Buß-; a penitential acteine Bußtat

penitential

[ˌpɛnɪˈtɛnʃəl] adj (frm) (tone, look) → contrito/a; (psalm) → penitenziale
References in classic literature ?
On the present festive occasion he emerged from his room, when the blithe bells were going, the picture of misery, in a full suit of Sunday penitentials.
The next morning they are at their penitentials again; and perhaps the poor weeping wife comes over to him, either brings him some account of what his creditors are doing, and how she and the children are turned out of doors, or some other dreadful news; and this adds to his self-reproaches; but when he has thought and pored on it till he is almost mad, having no principles to support him, nothing within him or above him to comfort him, but finding it all darkness on every side, he flies to the same relief again, viz.
The debilitated cousin, more debilitated by the dreariness of the place, gets into a fearful state of depression, groaning under penitential sofa-pillows in his gunless hours and protesting that such fernal old jail's--nough t'sew fler up--frever.
George's reminding him of his last penitential moments in the lane, and of that King of Glory whose name had echoed ever since in the saddest corner of his memory; and the gutters where he had learned to slide, and the shop where he had bought his skates, and the stones on which he had trod, and the railings in which he had rattled his clachan as he went to school; and all those thousand and one nameless particulars, which the eye sees without noting, which the memory keeps indeed yet without knowing, and which, taken one with another, build up for us the aspect of the place that we call home: all these besieged him, as he went, with both delight and sadness.
This penitential mood kept her from naming the wedding-day.
We shall therefore suppress the rest of this conversation, and only observe that it ended at last with perfect innocence, and much more to the satisfaction of Jones than of the lady; for the former was greatly transported with the news she had brought him; but the latter was not altogether so pleased with the penitential behaviour of a man whom she had, at her first interview, conceived a very different opinion of from what she now entertained of him.
If they would serve their fellowmen, let them do it by making manifest the power and reality of conscience, in constraining them to penitential self-abasement
If the reverend fathers,'' he said, ``loved good cheer and soft lodging, few miles of riding would carry them to the Priory of Brinxworth, where their quality could not but secure them the most honourable reception; or if they preferred spending a penitential evening, they might turn down yonder wild glade, which would bring them to the hermitage of Copmanhurst, where a pious anchoret would make them sharers for the night of the shelter of his roof and the benefit of his prayers.
It is the year's carnival ere the dull Lenten days of leafless valleys and penitential mists come.
The fellow was still alive, which was a disappointment, in one way; and yet it was pleasant to see him, all in penitential plasters.
The penitential den once set apart for interviews with the House, was now the news-Exchange, and was filled to overflowing.
That penitential attitude had but little remorse in it.