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pen·i·tent

 (pĕn′ĭ-tənt)
adj.
Feeling or expressing remorse for one's misdeeds or sins; contrite.
n.
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.]

pen′i·tent·ly adv.

penitent

(ˈpɛnɪtənt)
adj
feeling regret for one's sins; repentant
n
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
ˈpenitently adv

pen•i•tent

(ˈpɛn ɪ tənt)

adj.
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]
pen′i•tent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penitent - (Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)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"
impenitent, unremorseful, unrepentant - not penitent or remorseful

penitent

penitent

adjective
1. Feeling or expressing regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
2. Expressing or inclined to express an apology:
Translations

penitent

[ˈpenɪtənt]
A. ADJarrepentido (Rel) → penitente
B. Npenitente mf

penitent

[ˈpɛnɪtənt] adjrepentant(e)

penitent

adjreuig (also Eccl), → zerknirscht
nBüßer(in) m(f); (Eccl) → reuiger Sünder, reuige Sünderin

penitent

[ˈpɛnɪtnt]
1. adjpentito/a
2. npenitente m/f
References in classic literature ?
The goatherd, who was by this time tired of pummelling and being pummelled, released him at once, and Don Quixote rising to his feet and turning his eyes to the quarter where the sound had been heard, suddenly saw coming down the slope of a hill several men clad in white like penitents.
Behind the penitents came a man of vast stature and proportions.
It is true that the clergy did not like to have them empty, since that implied lukewarmness in believers, and that lepers were put into them when there were no penitents on hand.
which payments the penitents beg the Right Honourable gentleman to acknowledge through the medium of the public press--so is the Chancellor no doubt, and the reader likewise, always perfectly sure that the above-named A.
This savage was now a good Christian, a much better than I; though I have reason to hope, and bless God for it, that we were equally penitent, and comforted, restored penitents.
Oh," said the priest, "tell him there is one thing will make him the best minister in the world to his wife, and that is repentance; for none teach repentance like true penitents.
There would have been no scandal, indeed, nor peril to the holy whiteness of the clergyman's good fame, had she visited him in his own study, where many a penitent, ere now, had confessed sins of perhaps as deep a dye as the one betokened by the scarlet letter.
But he was very penitent indeed, and in a peculiar way - not in the lump, but by instalments.
answered the Jester; ``a broadcloth penitent should have a sackcloth confessor, and your frock may absolve my motley doublet into the bargain.
The wicked wolf that for a half a day had paralyzed London and set all the children in town shivering in their shoes, was there in a sort of penitent mood, and was received and petted like a sort of vulpine prodigal son.
At the same time I was genuinely touched and penitent, I used to shed tears and, of course, deceived myself, though I was not acting in the least and there was a sick feeling in my heart at the time.
On entering this holy place, the poor penitent was unable to shut the door so close as to prevent the passions he fled from entering with him.