repentance


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re·pen·tance

 (rĭ-pĕn′təns)
n.
1. The act or process of repenting.
2. Remorse or contrition for past conduct or sin. See Synonyms at penitence.

repentance

(rɪˈpɛntəns)
n
1. remorse or contrition for one's past actions or sins
2. an act or the process of being repentant; penitence

re•pent•ance

(rɪˈpɛn tns, -ˈpɛn təns)

n.
deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, or error.
[1300–50; Middle English repentaunce < Old French repentance. See repent1, -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.repentance - remorse for your past conductrepentance - remorse for your past conduct  
compunction, remorse, self-reproach - a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)

repentance

noun regret, guilt, grief, sorrow, remorse, contrition, compunction, penitence, self-reproach, sackcloth and ashes, sorriness They showed no repentance during their trial.
Quotations
"Repentance is the virtue of weak minds" [John Dryden The Indian Emperor]
"Amendment is repentance" [Thomas Fuller Gnomologia]
"Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance" Bible: St. Luke

repentance

noun
A feeling of regret for one's sins or misdeeds:
Theology: attrition.
Translations
تَوْبَه، نَدامَه، أسَف
pokánílítost
angerbod
katumus
megbánás
iîrun

repentance

[rɪˈpentəns] Narrepentimiento m

repentance

[rɪˈpɛntəns] nrepentir m

repentance

nReue f

repentance

[rɪˈpɛntəns] n (frm) → pentimento

repent

(rəˈpent) verb
1. (especially in religion) to be sorry for one's past sins.
2. (with of) to wish that one had not done, made etc. He repented of his generosity.
reˈpentance noun
reˈpentant adjective
(negative unrepentant). a repentant sinner.
References in classic literature ?
It was always the same, beginning with kisses and ending, after strange wild emotions, with peace and then sobbing repentance.
Uncas permitted his eyes to turn for an instant on the sturdy countenance of the speaker, but he neither spoke nor gave any indication of repentance.
It is a pious consolation to me that, through my interference, a sufficient space was allowed them for repentance of the evil and corrupt practices into which, as a matter of course, every Custom-House officer must be supposed to fall.
As sinful men, it is a lesson to us all, because it is a story of the sin, hard-heartedness, suddenly awakened fears, the swift punishment, repentance, prayers, and finally the deliverance and joy of Jonah.
At eleven the meeting closed, and the desolate audience filed out into the snow, muttering curses upon the few traitors who had got repentance and gone up on the platform.
that soul, past repentance, past prayer, past hope, in whom the fire that never shall be quenched is already burning!
Then Catharina sat under the linden alone, every day and all day long, a great many years, speaking to no one, and never smiling; and at last her long repentance was rewarded with death, and she was buried by Conrad's side.
Tom went to bed that night planning vengeance against Alfred Temple; for with shame and repentance Becky had told him all, not forgetting her own treachery; but even the longing for vengeance had to give way, soon, to pleasanter musings, and he fell asleep at last with Becky's latest words lingering dreamily in his ear --
An ounce of good behavior is worth a pound of repentance.
She felt the engagement to be a source of repentance and misery to each: she dissolved it.
She managed the recital, as she hoped, with address; prepared her anxious listener with caution; related simply and honestly the chief points on which Willoughby grounded his apology; did justice to his repentance, and softened only his protestations of present regard.
No law can deprive his daughters of the legacy of his repentance and his love.