Dictionary

1penitent

adjective pen·i·tent \-tənt\

: feeling or showing sorrow and regret because you have done something wrong

Full Definition of PENITENT

:  feeling or expressing humble or regretful pain or sorrow for sins or offenses :  repentant
pen·i·tent·ly adverb
ADVERTISEMENT

Examples of PENITENT

  1. <a penitent gossip who had come to ask for forgiveness>

Origin of PENITENT

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French penitent, from Latin paenitent-, paenitens, from present participle of paenitēre to cause regret, feel regret, perhaps from paene almost
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

2penitent

noun

: a person who is sorry for doing something wrong and asks for forgiveness : a penitent person

Full Definition of PENITENT

1
:  a person who repents of sin
2
:  a person under church censure but admitted to penance or reconciliation especially under the direction of a confessor

First Known Use of PENITENT

14th century
PENITENT Defined for Kids

1penitent

adjective pen·i·tent \ˈpe-nə-tənt\

Definition of PENITENT for Kids

:  feeling or showing sadness for a person's own sins or faults

2penitent

noun

Definition of PENITENT for Kids

:  a person who feels or shows sorrow for sins or faults

Browse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: PenitentePrevious Word in the Dictionary: penitencyAll Words Near: penitent
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears