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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 ?
A sublime one saw I to-day, a solemn one, a penitent of the spirit: Oh, how my soul laughed at his ugliness!
Who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and dies a Penitent.
And I you a happy New Year," responded the Second Blighted Being, with the accent of a penitent accordeon.
I shall relate my wrongs, the persecutions that I endure--I, a helpless mortal, a penitent, an unoffending poet
She now presented herself, with an elaborate apology, and with the nearest approach to a penitent expression of which her face was capable.
she asked, coming out to meet him with a penitent and meek expression.
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.
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.
Following this letter one of the Masonic Brothers whom Pierre respected less than the others forced his way in to see him and, turning the conversation upon Pierre's matrimonial affairs, by way of fraternal advice expressed the opinion that his severity to his wife was wrong and that he was neglecting one of the first rules of Freemasonry by not forgiving the penitent.
My state of depression would have gratified the most exacting of Methodists; and my penitent face would have made my fortune if I could only have been exhibited by a reformatory association on the platform of Exeter Hall.
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.
And he writes to me here, that he will be glad to show me, in operation, the only true system of prison discipline; the only unchallengeable way of making sincere and lasting converts and penitents - which, you know, is by solitary confinement.