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 ?
Laurie resigned her to the `nice little boy', and went to do his duty to Flo, without securing Amy for the joys to come, which reprehensible want of forethought was properly punished, for she immediately engaged herself till supper, meaning to relent if he then gave any signs penitence.
Let us find leisure, with our dying breath, to ask for him penitence and pardon.
This morbid meddling of conscience with an immaterial matter betokened, it is to be feared, no genuine and steadfast penitence, but something doubtful, something that might be deeply wrong beneath.
Thus adjured, Topsy confessed to the ribbon and gloves, with woful protestations of penitence.
The last clattering foot had echoed through the hall, Seesaw's backward glance of penitence had been met and answered defiantly by one of cold disdain.
She would not be ashamed of the appearance of the penitence, so justly and truly hers.
She felt all the force of that comparison; but not as her sister had hoped, to urge her to exertion now; she felt it with all the pain of continual self-reproach, regretted most bitterly that she had never exerted herself before; but it brought only the torture of penitence, without the hope of amendment.
Surely, the grand old Bible name -- suggestive of a sad and somber dignity; recalling, in its first association, mournful ideas of penitence and seclusion -- had been here, as events had turned out, inappropriately bestowed?
Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.
Penitence, humiliation, shame, pride, love, and trustfulness - I see them all; and in them all, I see that horror of I don't know what.
But brother Brian came into our Order a moody and disappointed man, stirred, I doubt me, to take our vows and to renounce the world, not in sincerity of soul, but as one whom some touch of light discontent had driven into penitence.
I am in Lady Agatha's black books at present," answered Dorian with a funny look of penitence.