penitence


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pen·i·tence

 (pĕn′ĭ-təns)
n.
The condition or quality of being penitent; regret for wrongdoing.
Synonyms: penitence, compunction, contrition, remorse, repentance
These nouns denote a feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds: showed no penitence; ended the relationship without compunction; pangs of contrition; tears of remorse; sincere repentance.

pen•i•tence

(ˈpɛn ɪ təns)

n.
the state of being penitent; regret for one's wrongdoing or sinning; repentance.
[1150–1200; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin pēnitentia, Latin paenitentia a regretting. See penitent, -ence]

penitence, penitency

the state or condition of regretting crimes or offenses and being willing to atone for them. — penitent, n., adj.
See also: Crime
the state or condition of regretting sins or offenses and being willing to atone for them. — penitent, n., adj.
See also: Christianity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penitence - remorse for your past conductpenitence - remorse for your past conduct  
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

penitence

noun repentance, shame, regret, sorrow, remorse, contrition, compunction, self-reproach, ruefulness She hung her head in mock penitence.

penitence

noun
A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
Theology: attrition.
Translations

penitence

[ˈpenɪtəns] Npenitencia f

penitence

[ˈpɛnɪtəns] nrepentir m

penitence

nReue f (also Eccl), → Zerknirschtheit f

penitence

[ˈpɛnɪtns] npenitenza
References in classic literature ?
Naked, would I like to see them: for beauty alone should preach penitence.
Kenn, of Lucy's gradual progress toward recovery, and her thoughts tended continually toward her uncle Deane's house; she hungered for an interview with Lucy, if it were only for five minutes, to utter a word of penitence, to be assured by Lucy's own eyes and lips that she did not believe in the willing treachery of those whom she had loved and trusted.
The penitence of his countrymen is still waiting expression, but it may come to that when they have recurred to the evidences of his offence in their present shape.
On their return home, Tom made use of all his eloquence to display the wretchedness of these people, and the penitence of Black George himself; and in this he succeeded so well, that Mr Allworthy said, he thought the man had suffered enough for what was past; that he would forgive him, and think of some means of providing for him and his family.
The hint was enough for Dick; he consented with haste, and full of hang-dog penitence and disgust, took her down by a backway and planted her in the shrubbery, whence she might see the Squire ride by to dinner.
Of course, a minute or so later I would realise wrathfully that it was all a lie, a revolting lie, an affected lie, that is, all this penitence, this emotion, these vows of reform.
Is there no reality in the penitence thus sealed and witnessed by good works?
It must not be by our means; nay, if we could win him back to penitence, we should be bound to love him yet.
But, my lord, if there be no secret of penitence, will the director consent to my being here?
Pelageya stopped doubtfully, but in Pierre's face there was such a look of sincere penitence, and Prince Andrew glanced so meekly now at her and now at Pierre, that she was gradually reassured.
A small notice in an obscure corner had attracted his attention; the young man, Richardson, had been fished out of the river half drowned, and in view of his tearful and abject penitence, had been allowed to go his way by a lenient magistrate.
My tranquillity as a woman--perhaps my dearest interests as a wife--depended absolutely on penetrating the mystery of my mother-in-law's conduct, and on discovering the true meaning of the wild words of penitence and self-reproach which my husband had addressed to me on our way home.