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Feeling or expressing remorse for one's misdeeds or sins; contrite.
1. One who is penitent.
2. A person performing penance under the direction of a confessor.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin pēnitēns, pēnitent-, from Latin paenitēns, present participle of paenitēre, to repent.]
feeling regret for one's sins; repentant
1. a person who is penitent
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity
a. a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them
b. RC Church a person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him
[C14: from Church Latin paenitēns regretting, from paenitēre to repent, of obscure origin]
ˈpenitence, ˈpenitency n
pen•i•tent(ˈpɛn ɪ tənt)
1. feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement; repentant; contrite.n.
2. a penitent person.
3. Rom. Cath. Ch. a person who confesses sin and submits to a penance.
[1325–75; Middle English < Medieval Latin pēnitent-, Latin paenitent- (s. of paenitēns), present participle of paenitēre to regret]
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|Noun||1.||penitent - (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)|
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
flagellant - a person who whips himself as a religious penance
|Adj.||1.||penitent - feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds|
ashamed - feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse; "are you ashamed for having lied?"; "felt ashamed of my torn coat"
regretful, sorry, bad - feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone; "felt regretful over his vanished youth"; "regretful over mistakes she had made"; "he felt bad about breaking the vase"
penitent[ˈpɛnɪtənt] adj → repentant(e)
1. adj → pentito/a
2. n → penitente m/f