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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 ?
And Jo dropped down beside the bed in a passion of penitent tears, telling all that had happened, bitterly condemning her hardness of heart, and sobbing out her gratitude for being spared the heavy punishment which might have come upon her.
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.
The soldier is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war; is applauded by those whose own act and authority he disregards and sets at naught; as if the state were penitent to that degree that it hired one to scourge it while it sinned, but not to that degree that it left off sinning for a moment.
I can make no submission--I am grown neither humble nor penitent by what has passed.
As to the washerwoman pawning the clothes, and coming in a state of penitent intoxication to apologize, I suppose that might have happened several times to anybody.
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.
So spake our Father penitent, nor EVE Felt less remorse: they forthwith to the place Repairing where he judg'd them prostrate fell Before him reverent, and both confess'd Humbly thir faults, and pardon beg'd, with tears VVatering the ground, and with thir sighs the Air Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite, in sign Of sorrow unfeign'd, and humiliation meek.
The monk hath some fair penitent to shrive to-night, that he is in such a hurry to depart,'' said De Bracy.
In spite of the humble remark of his penitent, confessing the inward labor of her mind in finding anything to say, the old priest, rigid on the point of discipline, read her a passage from Saint-Francois de Sales on the duties of women in society, which dwelt on the decent gayety of pious Christian women, who were bound to reserve their sternness for themselves, and to be amiable and pleasing in their homes, and see that their neighbors enjoyed themselves.
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.