repenter


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re·pent 1

 (rĭ-pĕnt′)
v. re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents
v.intr.
1. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite: "[He] liked to visit prisoners and admonish them to repent of their ways" (Adam Hochschild).
2. To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one's mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.You'd better accept their offer before they repent.
3. To become a more moral or religious person as a result of remorse or contrition for one's sins.
v.tr.
1. To feel regret or self-reproach for: repent one's sins.
2. Archaic To cause (one or oneself) to feel remorse or regret: "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth" (King James Bible).

[Middle English repenten, from Old French repentir : re-, re- + pentir, to be sorry (from Vulgar Latin *paenitīre, from Latin paenitēre).]

re·pent′er n.

re·pent 2

 (rē′pənt)
adj. Biology
Prostrate or growing along the ground.

[Latin rēpēns, rēpent-, present participle of rēpere, to creep.]
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Of course, we must repent to be eligible for the cleansing and forgiving powers of the Atonement, but once we have repented, there is no such thing as a spotted repenter in God's kingdom.
Far from coming across as a humble repenter on a well-drilled charm offensive, Tyson quickly reverts to type when he takes a dislike to my questions, turning into an aggressive, self-pitying victim in serious denial about his past.
He is a great shepherd, a great fighter, a great musician, a great sinner, and a great repenter. You have to love him, and be drawn into his story.
It's just that it's difficult to equate the repenter in full verbal flow with the person who stubbed a smouldering cigar in the eye of a team-mate at Manchester City's Christmas party, had a fight with a 15-year-old Everton fan during a club tour of Thailand, punched Ousmane Dabo's lights out at 10 in the morning on City's training ground, and was caught on CCTV unleashing 19 punches on a man in Liverpool's city centre at 5.30am.